Throughout your dog’s life, you should continue working on obedience training. Just as people lose the ability to speak a foreign language as they age, a dog must continually be exposed to the same commands to maintain a memory. Practicing obedience training is an excellent way to spend time with your dog. Here are a few basic commands for dog training:
DOWN-STAY – When you say DOWN to a dog, the dog must stay down until you release him. When the dog obeys, he may reach for the toy and offer another behavior. Then, simply say “NO” and turn away for five seconds. Repeat this process until your dog complies. If necessary, put the dog in a crate to reinforce the command. This will teach the dog that the toy has no value if it is kept by its owner.
Clicker training – When your dog comes back after a click, give him a treat. This will get his attention and focus on the desired behavior. By using a clicker to reward your dog for good behavior, clicker training helps your dog learn to associate a click with a treat. Once the dog associates a click with a treat, it’s an excellent tool for training. You can even use clicker training to train your dog to sit when asked to.
Leash corrections – Before beginning with touchpads and positions, you should never use a leash as a tool for corrections. A leash’s purpose is to prevent a dog from walking away when you’re holding something he wants. Using a harness during initial training will help prevent this mistake. However, you must remember that the dog’s behavior is more important than the training. If the dog does not engage with you during training, simply take him for a walk.
The Stay command – By teaching your dog the “Stay” command, you can make it easier to control him. This is especially useful when you need to do household chores or when you don’t want to be overwhelmed by a noisy dog. Before you teach your dog the “Stay” command, practice the “Sit” command with her. Reward your dog with affection for the behavior. Then, repeat this exercise when you’re ready to teach your dog the “Stay” command.
Signals – During your training sessions, the signals are an important part of the training process. They can be made with voice or body language. You can use a voice signal such as “ARE YOU READY” to start training. If your dog responds to the signal, it will start performing the desired behavior. It may even respond to a non-verbal signal such as “off” or “leave it”.
No-Pull Harnesses – A no-pull harness is a good choice if your dog pulls while walking. There are several types available, but some are better suited for certain breeds of dogs. A No-Pull Harness works best for labs and Dobermans. If you’re unsure of which one to get, ask a dog trainer for advice. Once you’ve figured out which one works for your dog, your training journey will be easier.
Treats – A small treat, dangled over the dog’s head, will encourage your dog to sit when you want. Your dog will be more likely to learn the command as long as it comes with a reward. A treat should be rewarded immediately, so make sure it’s always available when you’re training. The reward should be a treat, too, to keep the training fun and exciting. However, you can also use food rewards to make training fun for your dog.
Marking – When marking a dog, new handlers must learn to think like the dog. This is important for training, as dogs take mental snapshots of their behavior every time they’re marked. Ultimately, they’ll associate the action with the YES signal. By following the commands correctly, your dog will begin to recognize these mental snapshots and associate them with a reward. Likewise, when training your dog, avoid leaving distractions in its path.