Seeing someone with a well-trained dog can give us a moment of doubt about our ability to train a dog into compliance.
However, here are some basic tricks I used with Becker. Remember to pour in love and positive affirmations with words, playing, and treats.
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Training Your Dog obedience
There’s plenty of ways to each your canine friend this command. If you have a helper, create space between you where your helper holds the dog.
Wave some treats or his favorite toy as you say “come.” When he arrives, let him have the treat and gleefully let him know he’s doing a good job and play tug.
After, repeat the process a few times. You can check to see if he’s gotten it by asking him to come without using the toy or the treat as a distraction.
Keep doing it for a few weeks until it is second nature.
If you’re alone, you can use the leash method where you create some distance and gently tug on the leash telling him to come. After a while, do the same without the leash.
You can also go out of sight and once you reappear use the command to have him come toward you. It’s best to do this in a safe space away and always reward them.
Once you feel they are a pro, use his main distractions to see if he’ll obey your command.
You want to ensure that he is compliant because it will be valuable in dangerous situations like when he spots a squirrel across the street, gets off his leash, and runs into oncoming traffic. That is a morbid picture, but you get the point.
Hold a treat out close to the nose. Hold the treat up, which will make his head go up and bottom go down simultaneously.
When he’s seated, say “sit” and give him the treat. Do this severally and on different occasions until he makes the connection between the command and the physical response he should provide.
You can to it during walks, when there are guests around or before meal times.
“Sit” and “stay” go together, so he needs to have mastered the first. Once he’s seated, open your palm and slowly back off saying “stay.” Even if it is for a few seconds, give them a treat.
It also helps if they know the command “no” because you can discourage them from being on all fours and repeating the “sit” command. Repeat as you gradually increase the distance.
This one follows the same as “sit,” but instead you will move your hand across the grown so that he ends up sitting. When he lies down, say the command. Give him the treat and pet him as a way to congratulate him.
Do this a few more times with him standing and getting him to go down into the total resting position.
If he tries to stand or sit, don’t push him down. Just say a firm “No” and pull the treat away from them. Once they lie down, and then give them the treat.
Continue daily for a few weeks until he can do it any random time you ask him to lie down.
If something hits the kitchen floor, your furry friend will dash for it. Teaching them this command is also essential when they are attracted to something that is potentially dangerous or wants to go at in on your mail.
This one takes some bit of patience; just a heads up. Take a treat in both hands and put on behind your back. Go down to their level and show him the treat in the other hand. Just before they reach for it, close your palm and say “leave it” severally.
He’ll try to paw, use their mouth and even bark- ignore him.
Once he’s calmed down or looks like he’s given up ensure that you’ve made eye contact before giving him the treat in the other hand. Repeat the command over and over until he gets the association.
Now do the same by putting a treat on the floor half cover it with your hand and repeat the command. Once he’s stopped and looks at you, give him another treat.
Do the same now without covering the treat. When he reaches for it, use “no” and “leave it.” When he does, reward with treats and affection.
Remember to be calm and assertive, and give your dog love. They are doing their best. Also, resources like Painless and Positive Puppy Training helped. Check others out too.