Canine Obedience Training
When you get your new canine at home, you sometimes get overwhelmed by the amount of dog training that you need to undertake. Usually, the first lessons in canine obedience training are leash training, dog house training, crate training and command training.
During the initial periods, leash training your dog is an essential part so that you can control your dog in public. It helps in obedience training as is highly recommended in most training programs. Owners need to leash train their dogs to help them understand your commands really well. Leave your dog with the collar for a while till she gets adjusted to it and then let him get comfortable with the leash. Using a 6-foot leash is suggested as it lets you keep control of the dog while letting him have his own bit of space when you take him for walks.
Positive reinforcement is the best dog training tip you can receive. Always try to be positive and cheerful around your dog. Negative and punishment based training can only harm the dog and bring out bad behavior from it.
- The Sit Command: This command aims at making the dog sit on his hind feet with the front part of his body propped on the front legs. Keep observing your dog until you notice that he is about to sit. As soon as you see him sitting, loudly say “SIT”, and immediately give him a treat or praise him. You can do this a couple of times till he learns the command. You have now conditioned him to “sit” by treating him every time you say the command. Another method is to hold the treat in one hand and stand right in front of your dog. When he notices the treat, pull back the hand in the air such that he would have to look up to see the treat. The moment his hindquarters touch the ground, praise him and immediately give the treat. Puppies respond to this dog training technique pretty quick. For older dogs, hold a dog training treat in your hand.
- The Down Command: First, you should get your dog to sit. Then, stand in front of your dog and keep the treat in front of his nose and keep lowering it. He will automatically start lowering his body, and the moment his belly touches the ground, give him the treat. You can also use the word “down” the moment he touches the floor and then gives the treat. This way he will be able to associate the command with the action
- The Stay Command: Once you have successfully trained him to “Sit” and “Down”, you can train him on how to “Stay” so that you actually understand if he has learned the training or not. Stand in front of your dog, maintain constant eye contact and tell him 'sit' or 'down'. Let him stay in the position for a few seconds, you can say the command “stay” with your palm facing him, and then treat your dog. This way, he will start relating the palm and command to the command.
- The Come Command: Keep a distance from your dog and then kneel down and call his name or use the command come. When he notices you and comes towards you, you can open your arms wide so that he knows that he is being called out to. The moment he starts walking towards you, start praising him. If he gets distracted or strays away, call him with his name again and keep making him walk towards you. Once he reaches you, say the command “come” and treat him.
Patience and constant training are key elements in any dog training activity. Dogs have the different level for learning ability as well as different attention spans. So, try to understand your dog and his