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Back to Basics – Dog Training
One of the key components to having a good relationship with your pet is ensuring they understand some basic commands.
As a new pet owner the following questions without doubt will cross your mind:
“How does your dog sit when you tell him to and mine doesn’t?”
“How can your dog heel to you like that?”
“Wow! He comes when you tell him to” – Sound familiar?
You will need to invest some time into a little bit of basic dog training. Starting to train your dog from a young age is crucial as the first few months of his life is when you will have the greatest influence on them; this is where he/she is shaped into the dog they will be when they are grown up.
The most basic commands of dog training is to get your dog to sit and come, when called. Teaching your pet those commands are essential for their learning. These commands are used for various different reasons, for example if you take your dog for a walk and let you let him/her off your Fuzzy Clan Lead, you cannot expect your dog to return if you have not spent time providing some basic training. No one wants to be chasing their dog around the park because they do not understand basic commands.
To teach your dog how to come requires only the most basic of techniques but loads of repetition. The simplest way to get him/her to come is have a toy in one hand and a treat in the other, when you are in the house simply walk away from him/her, hold out the toy and excitingly call them to you, when they come over reward them with a treat! Always use the command for come that you are going to use in the future. Doing this several times a day is a great way to teach him/her, but remember to have lots of long breaks so they don’t get bored and stop enjoying it, and don’t forget the treats!
When you have mastered the come command and called your puppy to you, place your hand on the end of his/her back and say “sit” while gently pushing down on their backside, when their bottom is down give him/her a treat and heaps of praise. If you want him/her to sit longer just delay giving him the treat and the praise, take your time bending down and providing the treat!
Basic dog training is simple and very effective. It should also be fun for you and your dog, it doesn’t have to be hours and hours each day just maybe 5 minutes or so. Don’t forget to reward your dog and yourself for all the “hard” work though!!
Until next time!
Matt & Kayleigh