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Dog Training - The Basics

How to Train Your Dog

Do you ever find you are asking people these sort of questions?  “How do you get your dog to sit when you tell him?", or "My dog won't walk to heel like yours, how on earth do you manage that level of obedience from your dog?", or do you find yourself noticing that other dogs go to their owners when they are called, but yours just stays where it is?  Does this all sound familiar?  If it does, you and your dog 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 him - this is where he is shaped into the dog he is going to be when he is all grown up.

The first basic dog training, is to teach your dog to sit and to come when called.  It is essential that your dog learns these dog training basics.  You will use these two commands for many different reasons - if your dog jumps up at you, or at someone else an obeyed command to sit will soon get him off.  Knowing that your pet dog will come to you when called is the most important basic training that your dog needs to learn.  If you take your dog for a walk, and let him off the leash, you will expect him to come back to you, not run around the park with you chasing after him shouting at him to “get here right now”. That would be just down right embarrassing!

To teach your dog how to come to you when called, requires only the most basic of techniques but it does involve  lots of repetition. The easiest way to get your dog to come to you, is to have a toy in one hand and a dog treat in the other.  When you are in the house simply walk away from your dog, hold out the toy and call him to you in an excited voice, when he comes over to investigate, give him a treat. Always use the same command for getting your dog to come to you, otherwise he will not learn.   Doing this several times a day is a great way to teach your dog, but remember to have lots of long breaks so he doesn’t get bored and stop enjoying it, and don’t forget the treats!

The next basic command in Dog Training, is to get him to sit, and this could well be slightly  harder, but again it only requires basic dog training. So once you have both mastered him coming back to you when called,  you are ready to proceed to the next stage of dog training.   To start the training, call him to you and place your  hand on the end of his back and say "sit", at the same time gently push down on his backside, when he sits on his bottom you give him a treat and also give him a lot of praise. If you want him to sit for longer just delay giving him the treat and the praise, so get him to sit but take your time bending down to him and feeding him his treat.

Basic dog training is really quite simple and is very effective. It should also be fun for you and your dog - you don't have to spend hours and hours each day on this, just 5 - 10 minutes or so, and you will be surprised at how much, and how quickly your dog will learn. 

 Don’t forget to reward your dog and yourself for all the “hard” work though!!