A trained dog isn’t the same as a well behaved one. If you train your pet to follow a few basic commands, it can be helpful in tackling problematic behavior. These may be pre-existing ones or those that may likely develop in the future.
How to start off with obedience training for your dog? It’s not necessary to take a class; you will be able to do it yourself.
Getting him to Sit
One of the most basic, essential and easiest dog obedience command is to make them sit. It is the easiest as well.
Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose and slowly move your hand upwards. His head will follow the treat causing his bottom to lower. Once he’s fully in a sitting position, say “Sit” and then give him the treat.
Repeat the sequence for a few times daily till your dog has learned it. After that proceed to ask your dog to sit before mealtime, while going for walks, and any other occasion when you’d like him calm and seated.
Making him Stay in position
First of all, make sure your dog follows the “Sit” command. After having him “Sit,” open the palm of your hand in front of him, and say “Stay.” Move back a few steps. Reward him with affection if he stays.
Increase the number of steps you take before giving the treat. Make sure to reward your pup for staying put — even if it’s only for a few seconds. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while for him to master.
This is an exercise in self-control for your dog, after all, they’d rather be up and about and not just sitting around waiting.
Get him to Come to you
This one can bring your back to your side and help keep a dog out of trouble when outside.
Put a leash and collar on your dog. Get down to his level and say, “Come,” (or “Here”) even as you gently pull him towards you. Once he gets to you, reward him with affection.
Once he’s mastered it remove the leash, and practice the command in a safe, enclosed area.
Have him Down and put
One of the more difficult commands in dog obedience training, because of the submissive posture. You can keep the training positive and relaxed, especially with fearful or fickle dogs.
Hold a treat in your closed fist and put your hand up to your dog’s nose. Once he sniffs it, move your hand lower to the floor making sure he follows. Thereafter slide your hand along the ground in front of him making his body follow his head to the floor. Once he’s fully in the down position, say “Down,” give him the treat.
Encourage and reward every step your dog takes in the right direction and do not push him into a down position. Repeat it daily.
These simple and essential commands can help control your dog, keep them safer as well as improve your relationship with them. The training process takes time and effort, so be sure to start a dog obedience training session with the right mindset. It’s well worth the investment of your time and effort.
In fact, if done right, it can be fun for both you and your dog!