How to train your dog to obey your commands is a challenge, especially for new pooch owners. But it doesn’t have to be so hard. As a matter of fact, learning how to train your dog is easy once you know the tools of the trade. Get your hands on the right pooch training information and supplies, and you’ll be well on your way to having a well behaved dog. In this article, I’ll show you some basic pooch training commands and techniques so your four-legged friend listens to you.
What Behavior Do You Want to Change in Your Dog?
In order for me to teach you how to train your dog, you first have to pinpoint the problem. Then you have to be very clear on what results you want. What do you want to train your canine friend to do? Stop leaping on people? Stop chewing your furniture? Stop digging? In addition, before you can learn how to train your dog, you’ll need some of these tricks of the trade:
Tools of The Trade
2. Collar (a plain well fitting one)
3. Leashes – a 6 foot leash; a longer length leash; and a retractable leash. Buy a leash that feels comfortable in your hand rather than what fits your
canine friend or matches his collar
7. Soft Treats
Any advanced dog training is contingent on knowing the basics dog training. And if your basic foundation is rock solid, advanced training will be a breeze! Below are 7 basic dog training commands every dog owner should teach their dog.
Dog Training 101 Commands
1. Come (recall)
4. “Drop It”
5. “Sit and Stay”
6 “Down” (Drop)
Each of these commands requires a lesson by itself. So I won’t try to cram all 7 lessons in this one article. In this article, I’m going to train your puppy (or dog) to sit.
The “Sit” Command
The “Sit” command is super easy to teach your puppy. I’d even say it’s the easiest. Puppies have no self-control. And they’re much easier to manage if they learn to sit on command.
For instance, if you show your puppy to sit before he can eat, he’ll learn early on that he’ll get a reward for doing the right behavior – and more likely to perform that good behavior in the future.
How to Train Your Dog to Sit In 5 Easy Steps
1. Position yourself on the same level as your four-legged friend.
2. Place one of his treats near his nose. Move your hand up slowly so that his head follows you.
3. As his head moves up in the direction of your hand, his butt will lower.
4. Once his butt hits the floor, release the treat to his mouth. Immediately give him hearty praise for doing it. Simply say “Good, sit!”
5. Conduct several sessions throughout the day. Pair the behavior with the word “Sit.”
6. Finally, you’re going to tell him to sit without the treat in your hand. When he sits, give him hearty praise instead of a treat.
Make sure you don’t hold the treat too high in the air, or your four-legged friend will jump for it – which will defeat the purpose. So make sure you hold
it close to his nose with a closed hand just high enough that he’s forced to stretch his neck. Then, every time his butt hits the floor, say “Good sit!”
Keep Sessions Short and Sweet
Puppies and dogs are unable to pay attention to something for very long. They’ll lose interest in the training if you keep at it too long. Instead, break up the training into multiple sessions throughout the day – and make sure it’s fun for the dog. Make sure you reinforce the sit command in other situations whenever possible. For example, make him sit before you feed him. And make him sit before you open the door to take him out for his walk.
Don’t Punish Him
Don’t punish him if he doesn’t sit when you tell him to. If you scream at him, it won’t help – he’ll just be afraid of you. Instead, gently say, “try again” before he eats or open the door to take him out. If the sit command is reinforced every time you tell your dog to sit away from the door, he won’t race out the door when you open it.
When learning how to train your dog, you need consistency. If you’re inconsistent with your training, your puppy will have many relapses. Don’t blame your dog for his relapses.
Buy a Really Good Dog Training Guide
When learning how to train your dog, it’s important to buy a really good canine training book. If you don’t know of any dog training books, read reviews on the best dog training books online. Here’s a really super informative puppy training book I bought to train my dogs that’s excellent.
I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a new canine owner. It’s a step-by-step dog training guide that teaches you how to train your dog from home, and solve the most common canine behavior problems. It’s called Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer.