Ever wondered to have a well trained dog? But guess what having an amazingly trained dog is not as same as having a balanced dog, but if your little one knows a few basic commands, then it can be very beneficial when dealing with behavior problems.
So where do you start with dog obedience training? You can do it yourself without taking any class. In fact with the right attitude, it can be fun for you and your dog.
This is considered to be the easiest of the dog obedience commands to teach so let’s begin with this one first:
- Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose.
- Move your hand up, so that he follows the treat and moves his head up, which will cause his bottom to lower.
- Once you see that he is sitting, say “sit” give him a treat and appreciate him for the same.
Repeat this thing several times every day until your dog has learned it well.
Then ask your dog to sit before the meal time, when leaving for walks or during any other situation you would like him to be calm and seated.
This command can help to keep a dog out of trouble, assists in bringing him back to you if you accidentally lose the grip of the leash or leave the front door open.
- Put a leash and collar on your dog.
- Go down towards him and say.
- “Come” while gently pulling on the leash.
- When he gets towards you, reward him with the treat and appreciate him.
- Once he is mastered with the leash, remove it and practice the command in safe and closed place.
This is the most difficult of the commands in dog obedience training because the position is a submissive posture.
Try keeping the training positive and relaxed particularly for anxious and fearful dogs.
- Firstly, find a treatment which has a pleasant smell and holds it in your closed fist.
- Hold your hand up to your dog’s snout. When he sniffs it, move your hand to the floor, so that he follows it.
- Then slide your hand along the ground in front of him to encourage his body to support his head.
Once he is in the down position, say “down” then give him treat and affection.
Repeat this trick every day.
In case your dog tries to sit up or lunges towards your hand, say “NO” and take your hand away from it.
Don’t push him into a down position and encourage every step your dog takes towards the right position.
Before trying this one, make sure that your dog is an expert at the “sit” command.
- First, ask your dog to “sit.”
- Then open the palm of your hand and show it to him, say “stay”.
- Take a few steps backward and reward him with treat and affection if he stays.
- Finally, increase the number of actions you take before giving the gift.
- Always pay your pup for staying, even if it is just for a few seconds.
This helps in your dog’s self-control so don’t feel demotivated if he takes time to master in it.
Particularly for puppy and high-energy dogs, this command is a gem.
This helps in keeping your dog safe if he smells something intriguing but possibly dangerous on the ground.
The ultimate aim is to teach your puppy that he gets even something better for ignoring the other item.
- Place a treat in both of your hands.
- Show him one of your enclosed fists with the gift inside and say “leave it.”
- Let him lick, sniff, mouth, paw, and bark to try to get it and ignore the behavior.
- Once he stops trying getting it, give him the treat from the other hand.
- Repeat until your dog moves away from that first fist when you say “leave it.”
- Next, only give your dog the treat when he moves away from that first fist and also looks up at you.
Once your dog consistently moves away from the first treatment and gives you the eye contact when you say the command, you are ready to take it up a notch.
For this, use two different types of treats, one that’s just fine and the other one which is of delicious smell and favorite of your pup.
- Say “Leave it,” place the less attractive treat on the floor it up with your hand.
- Wait until your dog ignores that treat entirely and looks at you instead. After that remove that treat from the floor and give the other treat which is his favorite and appreciates him immediately.
- Once he’s got it, place the less tasty treat on the floor but do not cover it entirely with your hand. Instead, hold it a little bit above the treat. Gradually move your hand farther and farther away until your hand is about 6 inches above.
- Now your pup is ready to practice with you standing up, follow the same sequence but if he tries to snatch the less attractive treat, cover it with your foot.
Do not rush the process, remember that you are asking too much from your pup.
If you see that he is struggling, go back to the previous stage.
Just these five simple commands can help in keeping your dog safe and also will help in building a good bond between you and him.
The efforts and time that you will invest in these five commands will be worth it.
The process is time taking so only start this dog obedience training session if you have a right mindset to practice calm-assertive energy and patience.