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How To Train Your Dog – Obedience Basics

August 23, 20120 Comments

If you want to know how to train your dog, obedience basics just about always begins with ‘Sit’, ‘Stay’, ‘Heel’ and ‘Come’.  You want to start any training session by getting your dog’s attention. Do this by saying its name and then saying the command that you are working on.  Please know that it may take quite a few repetitions before the dog understands what it is you are asking of them, so it is very important to not become impatient.  If you do start to get aggravated, then take a break.

This is so important to note up front because one of the wonderful things about dogs and what makes them great companions is the fact that they can sense your emotions.  There is no hiding your frustration from them! It is, therefore, very important that you feel relaxed and confident because this is the feeling they will associate the training with and will learn better because of it.  If you allow yourself to become upset, then that is the feeling they will associate with training and it will make it more difficult on the pair of you.

When training a puppy, consider starting with the ‘heel’ command. All dogs need to learn how to follow and his will help to keep them safe and will establish their respect for you as well. This will make all the other training flow a bit easier.   From there you can address the other basic commands one at a time.  Be sure to say the command word in a clear, loud voice.  You will need to repeat the process a number of times as your dog learns what it is you are wanting.  Praise them when they get it correct and use a treat or other affection as a reward.

DogBreedInfo.com also points out that obedience training is different from behavioral training, which is meant to keep your dog from things like chewing, jumping or begging.

How To Train Your Dog – Obedience Basics

How to train your dog - start with the basic commands

Obedience training is training the dog to obey certain commands such as sit, stay, come and teaching it to heel. Training sessions should be frequent but short to prevent your dog from becoming bored; ten to fifteen minute sessions, two or three times a day will be sufficient.

Tip: training your dog right before meals will help them associate their meal with a reward for the training and also make them more interested in the food treat you use in your training session.  (Full article here)

A command that, once learned, transitions into other commands is the ‘Sit’ command.  To begin, have your hand up over the dogs head while holding a treat in your fingers.  As the dog is looking at the treat, say the dog’s name and a firm ‘Sit’ while also gently pushing its behind down.  When the dog sits, then you can reward by giving the treat and saying “Good!”

This will need to be repeated until the dog understands.  Do not allow the dog to try and jump up to snatch the treat, if he/she does this, say a firm ‘No’ and move the treat by putting your hand behind you.Once the dog has learned to sit, you can move on to ‘Stay’ and even ‘Down’ – as both of these work well from a beginning sitting position. 

For example, once your dog has been sitting on command for a couple of days, you can move on to ‘Stay’.  Have your dog sit, then stand in front of them and put your hand up in a ‘stop’ position in front of their face and say ‘Stay’ firmly.  Then back up a little bit, still facing the dog, stay still for a couple seconds and then say ‘Come’.  When your dog comes, reward them. If they come before you are done backing up and say ‘come’, then say a firm ‘no’ and start all over.  Slowly increase the space between you after the ‘Stay’ command.

When you know how to train your dog, obedience basics begin to build upon each other and so increasingly difficult commands and tricks become a lot easier.  Start training your dog on a regular basis and you will see what a difference it makes in both your lives!

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