Basic Commands and Fun Tricks
As you progress into learning the basics of dog training, you might also be wondering which commands and tricks you should prioritize and teach your dog first. A few of the most essential commands that your pooch should definitely learn include:
- Emergency recall to keep them from running away and getting into any kind of danger.
- Paying attention to you, especially when called or signaled to do so.
- “Come” can make them go to you when called or told to do so.
- Walk with you on command (“with me”), so they can enjoy some freedom while out and so you don’t have to worry about their safety all the time.
- “Stay” so they won’t be all over you while you try to do something else.
- “Leave It” so they won’t take something in their mouths and get hurt in the process.
- “Drop it” can get them to release whatever it is that might be in their mouth.
- “Sit” can get them assume a calm position and get them pay attention to you somehow.
- “Lie Down” can help them calm down and be less threatening to others.
Proofing Behaviors and Troubleshooting
Once you’ve taught your dog a few tricks, proofing is the next step to see if they really picked up all of the things you taught them during training. This will also help you detect training errors, so you can quickly troubleshoot unwanted learned behaviors in your pet, ensuring that your pooch will be a lot easier to work and live with later on. To proof your pet’s training, you should try out giving them commands in different situations. Increasing the distractions is ideal as this will make sure that they have definitely learned from your training sessions.
Teaching your dog self-control is also something you shouldn’t miss doing as it can help make your pet behave better. It can also teach them to focus. To accomplish this, you should teach them how to stay still or wait before enjoying their treat or food in exchange for a bigger reward. Increase the waiting time as they get better at exhibiting the patient behavior and be generous in their rewards for the best results.
Solving common dog behavior problems is also something you should accomplish if you really want your pooch to be well-trained. To do this, you should pay close attention to your pet before anything else. Address each behavioral issue accordingly with great kindness and consistency, so your pet will be able to replace their unwanted behaviors with good ones.
Training Specific Types of Dogs
Before you get started in training your dog, though, it’s important to know that different kinds of dogs have varied needs. This will help you craft an effective approach for your pet, ensuring that they’ll actually be receptive to your training.
For example, training an adult dog is different from training puppies. Training big dogs also require specific techniques that won’t work on small dogs while fearful dogs are a lot more delicate than others so you have to really handle them with care. Paying close attention to your pet’s body language, reactions, and interactions with others will teach you a lot in how you should approach them. Their breed can also help dictate how you should treat them.
In the end, it all boils down to knowing more about your pet to ensure that your training efforts will be fruitful. Research and picking up on your pet’s body language will get you a long way.
Taking Dog Training to the Next Level
Of course, you can also take your dog’s training to the next level. Doing this will be a lot easier if your pet is especially receptive to instructions and can focus on your commands with ease. You can train your pet to become more agile, which can help them perform special tasks and tricks without a hitch. This can also get them in better shape, which is always a good thing.
The best thing about constantly teaching and training your pet is that the activity can easily strengthen the bond between your dog and you. As it will require the two of you to spend more time together and interact with each other, you’ll surely form a closer relationship in the process. In the end, it’s really the loyal companionship and friendship that your pup can offer you that makes everything more enjoyable and worth it, so training them will definitely be a great way to spend quality time with your best friend.