Since I’m adopting 2 lovely dogs two years ago, I’ve bought many books on dog training. Now I have more books on dogs rather than engineering books. I’ve used many methods that I can find and some of it works perfectly to train my dogs. I gave my dogs rewards or treats for any successful training. Frustration will never make you achieve any of your objectives. Same goes to dog training.
The basic dog training commands are sit, stay and come. There are many more but these 3 commands are sufficient for me to handle those 2 dogs.
Train your dog to sit.
Teaching your dog to sit is the most basic dog training and easy to be done. For me, I am using dog treat to train my dogs. Let him/her be in front of you and grab some dog treat. What I did is I move my hand with treat in hand above my dog’s head and use a command “sit” at the same time. When your dog sit, then you can reward him/her with a treat. Some books suggest pushing dog slowly to make him/her seat. But some said this method may hurt your dog’s back.
Teach your dog to stay.
Dogs love to follow us anywhere. To teach him/her to stay, let your dog to lie down or sit first. Then you move away from your dog and give the command “stay”. Check your dog reaction. Is your dog still in his/her position after 5-10 seconds, rewards your dog with treats. You may repeat this training a lot as your dogs may not catch it for the first time.
Teach your dog to come to you.
Some of the dogs may seem harder to come to us when we call them. I have experience in the past where I’ve called my dog many times and he doesn’t want to come to me. This is really embarrassing for me as this happen at dog parks. So, I did not want this to happen again to me. What I did was I train him before dinner time. I asked my younger brother to bring my dog upstairs and I prepare my dog’s food. Then I call my dog’s name. I train my dog in many situations slowly with the same procedure or style.
Then I try to train my dog outside. I let him running around at my backyard. After a while, I call him. When he comes to me, I rewards him with a dog treats. I repeat this training many times until he understands well.
It is important to train your dog consistently without showing any bad emotions (anger and frustration). Others may felt my method is did not works but guess what, it works for my dogs. That the most important things to me. These basic dogs training really make my life easier.
How do you train your dog? Do you have any secrets to dog training? Please share with me.
Category: Dog Training