Who doesn’t love playing with their dog? And although enjoying and playing with one can be great fun, not training your furry friend can lead to some very embarrassing moments in public. Dog training does not only discipline them but also give you a number of opportunities to show off and prove that your dog is the best dog.
Need help with this? Here are 5 commands you can teach your dog:
This in many cases is a given, however, it is often mistaken by people that dogs are born to know what `fetch’ means and respond to the command by running after whatever has been thrown by the master. However, this is a skill that has to be taught to them. Begin with short throws, but not too short – the dog has to understand both, going to the object, and traveling back. You can also encourage them by showing them a treat for motivation in the beginning- later this will become a game usually initiated by them and not you. This is the most common Dog training method and is widely used.
At first, this may not seem like a necessary command because who doesn`t like a happy dog, who is always running around, but when you have guests constantly pouring in, it may not be the best scenario for a dog running around the house. At times like these, you can teach them the command of staying put. To work on your dog’s stay, pick a time when he/she is relaxed and well exercised. This applies especially to puppies and bouncy young dogs. Ask your dog to lie down, but instead of delivering a treat as soon as he/she hits the floor, hold off for one second. Then say “Yes!” in a calm, warm voice and give him/her a treat. Or, if your dog tends to bounce up again instantly, have two treats ready. Feed one right away, before he has time to move; then say “Yes!” and feed the second treat.
This Dog training method not only helps in imparting discipline but also is very important as most dogs get excited and it gets difficult to contain their energy at times.
This is a very simple placement command and is mostly put to test in desperate times. You can get your dog to follow this command by putting a treat in his/her palm of your open hand, face up. Raise the treat above the dog’s head and say, “sit.” The dog will look up at the treat and automatically sit down. Do this over and over again until the dog pairs the command with the action.
4) Sit Down
The simplicity of this command can be very deceptive at times as which dog doesn`t just want to lie down and take naps forever but when you have a hyperactive dog, it is the last thing it will want to do. You can get them to follow this command by pampering them, by rubbing their tummy or neck. After doing this for five times or more they automatically associate the words `lie down’ with pampering and will never disobey when asked to do so.
5) Shake Hands (In Their Case, Paws)
Who does not like a dog with the manners of a gentleman? This command will definitely up your game as a dog owner in front of all your friends. To achieve this, you have to provide some manual encouragement by taking your dog’s paw gently, issue the command and give them the treat. You can also work on just holding your hand out until your dog shakes it by themselves. The dog will learn how to get a reward on its own soon.
Motivation is the key to proper Dog training and giving them a few extra treats here and there will not cause many problems and it will just show your affection towards him/her.
Best of luck!