Does your dog bark? Does she try to escape from your yard? best dog training commands are essential for your dog’s behaviour growth, if she gets out of the yard, does she refuse to come when you call her?
Does she raid the trashcan? Does she jump on your guests? These are not unusual behaviours for a young, untrained dog, but they are also unnecessary, potentially dangerous, and annoying behaviours that can be changed( or at least controlled) through training.
With training, your dog can learn to control herself so that she’s not reacting to every impulse. She can learn to sit while greeting people so that she’s not covering them with muddy paw prints or ripping their pantyhose.
She can learn to restrain some of her vocalizations and to ignore the trashcans. Training affects you, the owner, too. You will learn to prevent some of these actions, either by changing your routine or preventing the problems from occurring.
Training is an ongoing process. As you learn how to teach your dog, you can apply the training to every aspect of your dog’s life.
she can learn how to behave at home, ignore the trashcans, refrain from chasing the cat, and chew on her toys instead of shoes.
She can also learn how to behave while out in public, including greeting people while sitting instead of jumping up. Your dog will learn, through practice and repetition, that training affects her behaviour all the time ” not just at home” and not just during training sessions.
When To Begin Training
Ideally, training should begin as soon as you bring home your new dog. If you have an eight to ten-week-old puppy, she can begin learning that biting isn’t allowed; that she should go to relieve herself.
By the time she is ten weeks of age, you can attach a small leash to her collar and let her drag it around for a few minutes at a time so she gets used to it.
Always watch her closely, of course, so that she doesn’t get the leash tangled up in something and choke herself.
Don’t let your pup do anything now that you don’t want her to do later when she is full-grown. For example, if you don’t want her barking later, stop the puppy barking right away. Otherwise, you will find it much harder to change the habit later.
Keep in mind as you begin your dog’s training that, although dogs are small dogs, they are strong-willed and sturdy dogs with forceful personalities.
Start teaching your puppy the rules you expect of her right away. If you don’t want her on the furniture, never allow her on it, and don’t make excuses. If you explain away her actions.
” Oh, it’s cold tonight so I’ll let her come up and cuddle,” you are doing neither your puppy nor yourself any good. Teach her right away what your rules are and enforce them. If you aren’t consistent, your dog won’t be either!
Is It Ever Too Late To Train?
Although training is the most effective when started early in the dog’s life and practised consistently while she grows up, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to train an adult dog.
The downfall to starting training later in the dog’s life is that you then have to break bad habits as well as teach new commands.
With a puppy, you’re starting with a blank slate and can teach the new behaviours before she learns bad habits. If you’ve ever had to break a bad habit( smoking, for example), you know it can be difficult.
However, with most dogs up to eight years of age, you can, with consistent training and lots of patience, control most bad habits.
Basic Dog Psychology
Archaeologists have found evidence showing that humans and the ancestors of today’s dogs( wolves) share a history dating back thousands of years.
At some point, for some reason that we don’t yet understand, humans and some individual wolves decided to cooperate.
Perhaps the wolves, being themselves efficient hunters, aided the human hunters. Perhaps the wolves took advantage of the human garbage heap. For whatever reason, cooperation occurred and the result was domesticated dogs.
What Does It Mean To Be “Top Dog”?
“Top dog” is a slang term for leader of the pack. In the wolf pack we discussed, the top dog is the dominant male or dominant female, often called the alpha male or alpha female. In your family, there should be no confusion.
The top dog should be you, the dog’s owner, and your dog should maintain a subordinate position to any additional human family members. Maintaining the leadership of the pack can be quite easy.
Because eating first is the leader’s prerogative and is an action the dog readily understands, the owner should always before feeding the dog.
Five Best Dog Training Commands
Every dog should know these five basic obedience commands. These are the foundation for good behaviour, and with these commands, your dog will learn self-control and be well-behaved at home and when out in public.
The sitting exercise teaches your dog to hold still, a hard concept for many young dogs! When he sits, he isn’t jumping on people and you can get his attention so he can do other things. This is an important lesson in self-control.
Hold a treat( fish, meat, or other treats) in your hand and let your dog sniff it. Then take the treat up and back over his head. As his head comes up, his hips will go down. As you position your dog in the sit, praise him, “Good boy to sit”
When combined with the stay command( which will be taught next), the down teaches your dog to be still for gradually increased periods.
You will be able to have him lie down and stay while people are eating so he isn’t begging under the table.
Have your dog sit and then show him a treat. Tell him to lie down as you take the treat from his nose down to the ground in front of his paws.
If your dog doesn’t lie down for the treat, just scoop his front legs from under him and gently lay him down. Praise him even though you’re helping him do it.
You want your dog to understand that stay means holding still. He will do this both in the sit and in the down although he will never be asked to sit/stay nearly as long as he will be able to hold a down/stay, simply because the down/stay is an easier position to hold for longer periods.
He should hold either position until you permit him to move. The signal for stay is an open-palmed gesture right in front of the dog’s face.
Walking Nicely on the Leash
It’s no fun to take a dog for a walk who chokes himself on the leash. That’s torture, not fun! However, when your dog learns to walk nicely, without pulling, and pay attention to you when you talk to him, then walks are fun!
Hook the leash up to your dog’s collar and hold the leash in one hand. Have some good treats in your other hand. Bend over, show your dog the treats, then back away from him so that it appears you’re leading him by his nose.
If, while you’re walking, your dog gets distracted, simply back away from him and start all over. If your dog is too distracted to pay attention to the treats or is fighting the leash, use the leash to give him a snap and release correction.
When he reacts to the correction by looking at you, “Hey, What happened? Good boy!” Show your dog that when he walks with you nicely without pulling, good things happen.
Use a treat and your happy verbal praise to encourage the dog to follow you on the leash as you back away from him. praise him when he follows you.
Your dog must understand that “come” means he should come directly to you, on the first call, every time you call him.
He isn’t to come just when he wants to, or when nothing else is very interesting, but instead, he is to come at once, every time. Let him catch up to you, have him sit, and then give him a treat as you praise him, “Good boy to come!”
When your dog is responding well on the leash, make up a long leash ( 20 to 30 feet in length) and repeat the training with the long leash. Continue using the box of treats, too.
Make sure your dog will come to you reliably all the time before you try it off-leash.
Training: An Ongoing Process
Training your dog can be a lot of work, as these little dogs can be stubborn, opinionated, and distracted. That image above is my stubborn and also adorable puppy, very troublesome and doesn’t obey the older dogs.
She is ongoing training and very attentive to treats. You need to pay attention to your dog, respond to him, and teach him right from wrong.
You may also need to make some changes around the house and other family members will have to cooperate. But the reward is a well-trained dog ( a friend and companion who is a pleasure instead of a pain!)
A well behaved dog is a joy to own and a pleasure to spend time with.
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