“How come your dog sits on command?’  Mine doesn’t..

“Why does he follow your commands?”- Heard this before?If so you should be looking at the basics of dog training.  It’s important to start training your dog at an early age. Carrying this out will ensure that you have the greatest influence on your dog’s behaviour in the future.

You would have heard the most simple of commands- sit and come.  Your dog’s understanding of these simple commands is essential.  These commands are used for various reasons, if your dog has the most annoying habit of jumping up on visitors, or if you are in a competition,  telling him to sit will immediately get him to stop.  “Come” is the all important one.  If you are walking your dog you let him off the leash and he starts running around the park you would expect that he would “come” on your call.  How often do you se the owner running after the dog shouting and stressing simply because the dog doesn’t understand this simple command.

Teaching your dog to come is largely a simple thing to achieve, Just requiring much practice.  One simple technique for both the owner and the dog is to simply walk away from the dog with a toy in your hand.  Then when you are an appropriate distance away call your dog back to you and reward him with a treat.  Repeating this several times a day is a great way to teach him, remember to have long breaks in between so as the dog doesn’t get bored and stop enjoying it.  Don’t forget the treats…

Now you move onto the task of getting your dog to sit.. This is slightly harder.  Firstly call your dog over to you with the “come” command which he now understands.  Then place your hand on his back at the same time saying “sit”.   Then gently push down on his back until he is sat, then reward him. 

Basic dog training is exactly that – simple and effective.  Remember : it is not productive to do this for long periods,10 to15 minutes a day with a couple of breaks in between will do the trick and don’t forget the treats..


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