Basic Dog Training

What is Basic Dog Training

How does your dog sit when you tell him to and mine doesn’t?”,

How can your dog heel to you like that?”, Wow! He comes when you tell him to

Sounds familiar? If it does, you need to invest some time into a little bit of basic dog training. Starting to train your dog from a young age is crucial as the first few months of their life is when you will have the greatest influence on him or her  this is where he or she are shaped into the dog they are going to be when they grow up.

The most basic of dog training is to get your dog to sit and come. Teaching him those commands are essential for him to learn. These commands are used for various different reasons, if you are in competition, if your dog jumps making him sit will immediately get him off and “come” is the all important one.

If you take your dog for a walk, you let him of the dog leash and you expect him to come back to you, not run around the park with you chasing after him shouting at him to get here right this instance. That would be just down right embarrassing!

To teach your dog how to come requires only the most basic of techniques but a lot of repetition. The simplest way to get him to come is have a toy in one hand and a treat in the other, when you are in the house simply walk away from him, hold out the toy and excitingly call him to you, when he comes over give him a treat, always use the command for come that you are going to use in the future.

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Repeating this several times a day is a great way to teach them, but remember to have lots of long breaks so he does not get bored and stop enjoying it, and don’t forget the treats!

Getting them to sit could be a slight bit harder but again only requires basic dog training. When you have mastered the come command call him to you, place your hand on the end of his back and say “sit” while gently pushing down on his backside, when they sit down give them a treat and a lot of praise.

If you want him or her to sit longer just delay giving him the treat and the praise, get him to sit but take your time bending down to him and feeding him his tit bit or dog treat

Basic dog training is simple and very effective. It should also be fun for you and your dog, it doesn’t have to be hours and hours each day just may be 5 minutes or so. Don’t forget to reward your dog and yourself for all the hard work though!!