A dog is a man’s best friend is what they say, because the level of friendship and the bond between a dog and their owner is unparalleled. When you train your dog, it enhances that bond even further, and it also increases the pleasure of the time you spend together. Studies have proven that properly trained dogs are happier than untrained dogs, and that is something that most pet owners simply don’t know. So in this article we will look to cover some simple examples of some very effective dog training techniques that anyone can use to teach their dog some basic skills.
Teaching Your Dog To Sit
Probably the most well know command is the ‘sit’ command, and this is the one you should be starting with, as it’s simple for both you and your furred friend to get right. You should use a treat he enjoys as a reward for good behavior – this is a basic tip that works well for any type of dog training. Next you’ll be required to attack a leash to your dog’s collar so you have a steady hold on him. Now show your dog the treat you have in your hand and hold it above his head, making him look up, and then say the magic word: Sit! On occasion, by simply holding the treat above him will automatically make your dog sit, but if he doesn’t, gently press your other hand on his rear while saying ‘sit’ again. When he finally sits, immediately reward him with the delicious treat and praise him for being a good boy/girl. Rewarding him instantly after correctly executing the command is crucial for the dog to understand what is required of him.
Teaching Your Dog To Lie Down
Once your dog has learned how to sit on command, the 2nd most common thing you should be teaching him is to lie down. Once again, we’ll use a nice treat as a reward for accomplishment. You begin this exercise by first asking your dog to once again sit, but this time, don’t reward him for sitting, hold the treat off for just a bit. While being in the sitting position, hold the treat in front of him close to the floor and give the “lie down” command. Once again, if your dog doesn’t automatically get what he’s supposed to be doing, put your other hand gently on the dog’s shoulder and press him down lightly, or even a small tug downward with the leash. When he finally lies down is the perfect time to instantly reward him with the treat. Please remember that the tone of your voice is also of big importance, so make sure you have a warm, friendly, loving tone, you’ll get faster and better results.
Teaching Your Dog To Stay
The last of the 3 main commands is the stay command, and this one is highest in difficulty out of the 3. You’ll have to choose a specific time in the day to practice this, at a moment when your dog is mellow and relaxed. Temperament is very important, so performing this training when your dog is overly excited or in a very playful mood will simply not work. Once again we will use a treat just like before, and you will first ask the dog to either sit or stay. Once he has executed that command, hold your hand in front of him (think of the Police officer signaling someone to STOP with their hand) and say “stay!”. The dog needs to stay there without moving for at least 4 or 5 seconds at which point you can give him the treat. It is very important for them to actually stay unmoved for the full 5 seconds for the command to have succeeded. You will have to try again and again until he finally understands the command, and you can praise him when he finally gets it. To help him increase the time in which he ‘stays’, you’ll have to hold off on your praise longer and longer as you keep practicing the command.
These are 3 of the most popular commands and techniques people use to train their dogs. Remember however that you need to have patience, a positive attitude and also understand that on some days your dog might just not be up for it. Stay kind in your interactions with him and he’ll reward you later on.