Training a new puppy or adopted a new dog and want to advance their training ? Check out our training tips………
A well trained and well behaved dog adds so much to family life and will ensure your pet is welcome wherever you go.
Whether your pet is a new puppy or an older dog needing more training the main focus should be on :
Walking on a loose lead – no pulling and tugging during walks
Greeting people politely indoors or out – no jumping up visitors or passers by.
Comes back when called – ensures you have complete control enabling your dog more freedom whilst remaining safe. Practice this on a long lead until you are confident they will return every time.
Rewarding when your dog responds is an excellent way of enforcing a command, dogs learn by association so if they receive a treat they are more likely to repeat when needed.
Training must be fun for your dog to respond, be clear about what you want, keep distractions to a minimum, keep training sessions short (especially with young dogs) and reward every time your dog gets it right !
Once trained you can occasionally treat to reinforce the behaviour.
Come when called
- Show your dog the toy or treat
- Walk away a couple of paces
- Call your dog’s name and say “come”
- If the dog comes to you, treat and play with your dog
- Gradually increase the distance that you are from your dog, until eventually you can call your dog in and out of the garden or from room to room
- It is really important to only call when you are going to praise your dog – do not call your dog if you are going to punish or shout at it
Sitting on command
- Lure your dog into position with a treat just above its nose, then move your hand over the dog’s back.
- As the dog’s head tilts up and back the dog will sit. As your dog actually sits, say the command “sit”. Don’t say it before the dog moves into position or your dog may associate it with the wrong movement.
- Be careful – if the treat is held too high, or moved too quickly, your dog may jump up or back off.
- Practice the sit at kerbs, or when greeting people, ask your dog to sit rather than jumping up – remember to reward every time your dog completes the action successfully!
Walking on a loose lead
- Decide which side your dog will walk on and how far in front you are prepared to allow your dog to go.
- Pulling often starts before you even leave the house, so training your dog to walk on a loose lead starts with getting your dog to sit quietly as a lead is put on.
- With your dog sitting at your side, set off and give the command “heel” (so that your dog is aware you are about to move). If the dog gets ahead, stop and encourage it back to your side with a treat. To start with, stop every now and then to praise your dog and give a treat.
Once your dog has learnt the basics and got the idea of receiving a treat and praise for doing as told you can start to teach them fun tricks such as giving paw and rolling over !
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