Beginners Dog Training Guide

“How come your dog sits when instructed, mine doesn’t?”, “How do you get him to follow your instructions?”,  “Wow! He follows you when instructed” – now I’ll bet this sounds like a familiar conversation between dog owners? If it does sound familiar to you, then maybe it is time to take up dog training. If you train your dog from an early age, then when he is older he will be far more obidient.
I’m sure everyone knows the basics, even if you don’t realise you do, these commands are of course the “sit” and “come” order. Making sure that your dog comprehends what these commands means is essential to his learning. These commands are used for various different reasons, if you are in competition, if your dog jumps making him sit will immediately get him off and “come” is the all important one. You might not expect their dog to return to them if they simply shouted “come here now.” That would be highly embarrassing.
Teaching a dog to come is extremely simple, just needing much repetition. There is a tried and tested method of teaching a dog this. It requires the owner to hold a toy in one hand and a treat in the opposing hand. Walk away from the dog and hold the toy by your side whilst calling him, when he comes over just give him a treat and he will pick up the routine quickly. Don’t over-do this method though as the dog may become bored of it!
Now you move onto the task getting your dog to sit on command. This is harder. When you have mastered the come command call him to you, place your hand on the end of his back and say “sit” while gently pushing down on his backside, when he sits his bottom down give him a treat and a lot of praise. If you want him to sit longer just delay giving him the treat and the praise, get him to sit but take your time bending down to him and feeding him his titbit.
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 may be 5 minutes or so. Finally, remember to reward your dog for all the hard work!Perhaps most importantly, always remember to reward 

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