DIY Training Tips for Your Dog
Although there is nothing that can replace the benefits of a professional training service, there are steps you can take to train your dog at home. Learning these simple commands will keep your dog safe, mentally stimulated and a pleasure to be around. In this article, we’re explaining how you can train your dog at home.
Teach Them to Sit First
You can teach your dog impulse control with this excellent command. To teach your dog to sit, hold a treat to its nose then guide it upwards. Your dog will usually attempt to follow the treat and sit down – this is when you immediately reward and praise them.
After a few successful attempts, say “sit” and guide your dog into the correct position before rewarding them. You must continue to do this without treats or your dog will only sit when they see food in your hand.
Teaching Your Dog to Lie Down
If your dog begs at the dinner table or jumps on your visitors, teaching them to lie down will help put them in a designated place. You can achieve this by taking your dog to the spot (a dog bed or crate will work) and consistently using the same command. Some owners opt for “on your bed” or “time to lie down”.
Give your dog positive rewards for the action and then wait a little while before releasing them from the command. If you repeat this command, increase how much time your dog spends there and how far away you are from them, your dog will continue to act out this behaviour whenever you need.
Stopping Your Dog from Pulling on the Leash
Dogs of all shapes and sizes need to be taken for walks to increase their mental and physical health. A dog that refuses to move or pulls so hard that you find yourself running down the street can be a major burden that stops you from wanting to walk them in future. Remember that it’s perfectly natural for dogs to pull on their leash because of excess energy and exciting stimuli.
In training, walk briskly. Immediately stop walking when your dog pulls and tug back on the leash tightly. Call them back to you, tell them to sit and then reward this behaviour. Continue to repeat this process while rewarding your dog for good behaviour.
Sometimes, You Just Need the Experts!
There’s no shame in not being able to curb your dog’s unwanted behaviour – perhaps you don’t have the time or you’re working with a very stubborn pup. In these cases, both you and your dog will benefit from a certified dog training course.
You can reclaim your place as leader while having a lot of fun with your furry friend when you enrol in canine obedience training. Get in touch with the NDTF on 1300 66 44 66 or contact us online for more information.