It’s easy to forget that phrases that seem almost identical to us can sound completely different to dogs. Be sure to use the same words and phrases each time. For instance, don’t say, ‘Lay down’ one day and then ‘Fido, go over there and lay down in your bed right now’ the next. This will just confuse your adorable student!
Training isn’t just about petiquette: it’s also crucial for safety reasons. All dogs should know basic obedience commands. The five most important ones are Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down. Teach your four-legged friend one of these commands at a time. You may want to start with Sit, which is often the easiest for dogs to learn. Make sure your furry pal has these down before moving on to advanced training.
Dogs don’t have very long attention spans. Fido may quickly get bored with classes that last for hours. Short daily sessions are a better option. Even 10-20 minutes of training a day will be beneficial.
Fido probably won’t be very impressed by a report card with a gold star on it, so you will need to reward him with something more tangible. Food, as you may have guessed, is usually the go-to here. Use small snacks, like pieces of kibble or cut-up hot dogs. If your furry pupil gets too full, he may fall asleep in class!
Down the road, you may find it beneficial to work with your canine buddy in busy areas, to help him learn to focus around distractions. At first, however, choose a quiet place, preferably somewhere without squirrels, cats, or food.
Keep It Fun
Never work with your furry buddy when you’re in a bad mood, and never punish him for not picking something up quickly enough. These things could scare Fido, or give him a bad impression about learning. That’s the last thing you want!
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