Dogs don’t have a sense of morality. They don’t do things base on what’s wrong or right, and they may even display bad behaviour without warning. This is why we have to get started with obedience training. It might take time to teach a few basic commands or to correct the existing ones and even those that may develop in the future.
How do you start on obedience training? Do you need to hire a specialist to train your dog? It’s a good option, but you could also do it yourself. It will produce a good bonding between you and your dog as it will be fun if it’s with the right understanding and discipline.
Here are a few simple commands to get you started with obedience training.
The first one is always “Sit.”
If your dog has a good appetite and loves treats, show one up and let your dog smell it for starters.
You can do two things here:
1st option: While holding up the treat, push the back of your dog gently with your other hand, causing him to sit, and say “Sit”. Then give the treat. Giving them the treat will make them feel rewarded and is a good start for the behavioural training.
2nd option: Hold up the treat and make sure their head follow it, causing them to lower his bottom in a sitting position. Say “Sit”, and give them the treat and a cuddle. In this way, they will know that they’ve done something right.
Dogs recognize the sound and tone of your voice. By saying your command, they will have a clear understanding of what you’re trying to tell them if they’ve heard it repeatedly and in a sequence. You can use this, especially during mealtime, before leaving for walks and when you want him calm and seated beside you. Sit is one of the basics in dog obedience and the easiest to teach, so its a good lesson to start with.
The second one is “Stay.”
Stay is a follow on from the sit command. Once your dog has mastered sit, it’s time to teach them to stay.
The first step is asking your dog to “Sit”.
Once seated, raise your hand in front of them with your palm raised and open and say Stay. Take a few steps back if they stay and a step forward if they don’t. Gradually increase the distance as they progress.
There are three variations of Stay:
1st: Stay on hold for a more extended time
2nd: Staying even the trainer is out of view
3rd: Staying amidst distractions
Start with one step at a time until this is mastered to avoid confusion. Reward each good deed with treats and affection so your dog would love taking commands over and over again. This command improves self-control for your dog, it may take a while to master, but it will have lots of benefit in time.
The third one is “Down”.
In dog obedience training, this can be one of the more complicated commands. This is a submissive posture and may be difficult to achieve for fearful and anxious dogs. The key here is to maintain a positive and relaxed training environment so that training variations could last longer.
It is always best to give your dog’s favourite treat while training. It helps them to focus.
Hold that treat with a closed fist, and hold it up to your dog’s snout. Once they became curious and sniffs, lowers your hand to the floor until they follow. Once he is in position, say “Down”. Another way around this is by holding the hands of your dog downward into a laying position, then say “Down”. Demonstrating to them what you want to happen is a good way of teaching dogs. Of course, the treat will need to follow right after good obedience.
The fourth one is the words “No” and “Go”.
You must establish a great relationship with your dog for them to follow with ease. And this relationship is usually built by training them and spending time with them. Now, how do you introduce “No” and “Go” to your dog?
You could try by holding a treat in your hand, open your hand and let the dog sniff it. But once they try to grab it, close your fist and say “No”. Then, if you wanted them to have a go, make sure he is well behaved first and not overly excited so that they could earn the treat. The previous commands, such as sit and down, will be handy here. By obeying those previous commands, you are teaching your dog to work for their treat. Without your approval, they should not do anything without your consent: these exercise self-control and more obedience to each command.
The fifth one and one the most important is “Come here”.
If you are an owner who always wants to cuddle your dog, this command will help. Also, you could use this command when your dog either escapes or comes of their leash.
There are a few ways to teach this command. First is by putting a leash on your dog, get down to your dog’s level, hold a treat and gently pull them forward. Say come to each step of the way, repeatedly, until you could remove the leash and they listen to the command.
The other way is by putting your hand diagonally to your chest gesturing for them to come with your four fingers, along with saying “Come here” repeatedly. It should not be hard if you have a delicious and smelly treat on your other hand. Do this a few times until your dog comes to you whenever they hear this command. Remember your dog has instincts. They learn with both gesture and sound. Once mastered, your dog could freely roam around.
These five simple commands could be your best starter in training for pet obedience. It will help keep your dog safer, improve communication and have a healthier relationship with them. The process may take time, so it is essential that you are in the right mood and mindset.