The dog is a man’s best friend, but if not properly trained, many of these wonderful creatures can become an obligation and even a nuisance. It is very important for you, as a dog owner, to train your four-legged friend and teach him how to behave and even perform some simple tasks.
When training your dog, don’t look at that as an obligation. By spending time teaching the animal new tricks, you will create a bond with your pet. This process will make you two develop stronger affections for each other. No matter if young or old, all dogs can be taught new tricks (contrary to the old saying). But in order to do it well, you will need to hold “reward-based” training sessions. Giving your dog food, treats, toys, or even praise when they achieve something during the training increase the chance that they are more likely to do it again.
If you want to start training your dog, first you need to go over some basic commands. Teaching your dog to sit is a great place to start with your training. To do it well, first, make sure that you two are in a quiet room where there are no distractions. Hold your training in short but regular sessions, be patient and don’t forget to reward the animal in the end.
Once your dog has learned how to sit on command, the pet should learn how to lie down. While your dog sits, keep the treat in front of him. Then, move your hand from your dog’s nose towards their chest and then straight down towards the floor. If the dog follows the treat into a lying down position, reward the pet with another prize immediately. Eventually, start saying “down” when the dog follows the treat into a down position. Practice this in short but regular sessions.
Teaching your dog to come to you when called is important because it helps you keep the animal safe. While outside, you need to encourage your dog to come back, and the easiest way is to bring some treats. Run away from the dog and then call the pet. It is easier if you get down low while doing so. Don’t forget to reward the animal when it comes to you. First, do this in your yard or garden and when the dog gets used to coming to you on command, you can take the animal outside.
These few tips are a good starting point for teaching your dog how to be a smart, crafty, and useful pet. Do not forget, there are lots more things that your furry friend needs to learn, from walking nicely on the lead to knowing to leave something alone on command. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check out the video below. In it, you can see some additional tips: