Training your dog is necessary for his well-being as well as for maintaining peace in your household. At times when animals show behavior that isn’t appreciated, people may get annoyed and blame the poor pup for the mistake. However, it isn’t the animal’s but the owner’s fault for not teaching them acceptable behaviors. You as the pet-parent are responsible for providing your dog with proper training. You may get a trainer to do the job, but several basic commands can be taught at home. Here are five of these that are essential for each dog irrespective of their age, size or breed, these will make you and your dog’s life easier and aid in avoiding possible behavioral problems. All you need are delicious yet super affordable dog treats and a clicker (can be useful in certain situations) and you are all set to begin.
It is best to start with a few easy obedience training commands such as teaching your dog to sit. To train your pooch you need to place a treat near his nose and move it up, so your dog follows. Once he is in the sitting position, you must say “Sit” so he understands the command, and reward him with the treat. Repeat this a few times until he can master it.
Some situations can be a nightmare for dog-parents; the most dreaded ones include your dog running away if you accidentally drop the leash or whenever the door opens. It is essential to teach your dog to come, so he stays safe, and you don’t have to worry about a runaway pooch. What you need to do is put a collar and leash on your dog at a distance and ask him to “come” while gently pulling on the leash. As soon as the dog comes to you award him with his favorite treats to make him understand the purpose of the exercise.
What many hyperactive dogs lack is self-control so teaching the command will help your dog understand when he is supposed to stop. To train your dog to stay put a treat close to his nose and give a command “sit” and move few steps away from your dog, if your dog stays offer him the treat. Keep increasing the number of steps slowly each time you repeat the exercise before rewarding your pooch with the treat. Reward him with the treat each time he stays back even if it’s for a few seconds.
Our canines are curious creatures, and their curiosity may put their safety at risk someday. It is, therefore, crucial to teach your dog this particular command as you may be able to protect your dog from different environmental dangers such as sniffing on poisonous plants by asking him to leave. Keep a treat in both your hands, close one fist and take the other hand near your dog’s face with the treat showing. Give your dog the command “leave it,” your dog may instead lick it and bark to have it- ignore these behaviors. Once your dog loses interest, offer him the treat from the other hand. Repeat the same activity a couple of times but only hand over the treat when he leaves the first one immediately as you say the command.
Walking is crucial for our dog’s health, but the common problem is that many dogs don’t know how to follow their parent while walking. To teach your dog the command, hold your dog’s leash in the right hand and pull it on your left side during the walk. At a particular time ask your dog to “sit,” afterward as you slowly walk forward, tell your dog to “heel” as you keep moving. Hold the treats in your hand at an inch of your dog’s face and with every few steps award your pup with one while praising your pooch, so he knows he is doing a good job.