Easy guide to training your puppy to have a well behaviour dog
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Basic Dog Training Tips

Easy guide to training your puppy to have a well behaviour dog

Here at Homebasics 101 we are all about simplifying your life and making it easier. So, your properly wandering why we would be talking about pets and in particular dog training.

Having a well-trained dog will help you stress-less, make your life easier as you want have to be worried about what your dog is up to or that when needed the dog will listen to instruction and lets face it a well trained dog will always listen even when the kids aren’t.

So, lets look a few basic training skills that you can easily teach your dog to help you stay in control. You maybe thinking my dog is too old to learn (that old saying you can’t teach a old dog new tricks) well is not true and a dog will learn and wants to learn at any age.

A dog’s aim is to please!

The most important tip I can and anyone can give any dog owner is to find out what captures your dogs attention.

I have 3 dogs and I can tell you all three have different things that I can get their attention and have them listen and want to learn.

My

  • kelpie x lab is food orientated, so tasty treats will have him doing anything I ask. With treats just make sure they are small (about the size of their dry food) and don’t give them a lot as this will not help if your dog as a weight problem.
  • Kelpie x Border Collie loves to be praised, honest he wears hid heart on his sleeve.
  • Belgium Shepherd (retired army dog) is well training but if you have ever owned a shepherd you and I both know they have a stubborn streak no matter how well trained but have a ball in your hand and even the vet can take his temperature without a flinch.

Just so we are clear these training skills are only the basic training your dog should know, we also highly recommend that you take you dog at any age to obedience training. I know this will add time to your already busy scheduled but honestly this will save you time in the future.

To help, here are a few basics you need to know when training your dog. These will help to ensure that your dog picks up the training quickly and there will be no confusion.

  1. Use one word for that training, you are asking your dog to do. If you add in more words this can get confusing for your dog and they won’t know what you want them to do.
  2. When saying the word make sure you say it at the time your dog does the skill you want it to do. If you do it too late then your dog will not know want, you want them to do.
  3. Keep the training sessions short, your dog will lose interest and get bored if it goes too long.
  4. Have the whole family training the dog and make sure that they all use the same words and actions.

So, now that you have worked out what gets your dog attention let’s look at a few basic skills you can teach your dog.

 

Sit

One of the easiest training tips to teach.

  1. Start with your dog facing you and show them the treat you have in your hand, even allow them to smell it. You want to make sure you have their attention.
  2. Slowly lift the treat over your dog’s head towards the back. Your dog will naturally follow the treat lifting the head and as your dog does this you will notice that they back end automatically goes to the ground, when this happens say sit and give the treat.
  3. Repeat this process around 5 times in one session. You want to keep the training sessions short and not too long just like children, dogs will lose interest if you try to push them for a long period of time.
  4. If your dog is a little stubborn and just moves backwards. Gently with your other hand push down on the bum to get your dog to sit.
  5. Again, once your dog is in the sitting position say the word sit.

Easy to Follow Dog Training how too

You will notice the improvements with your dog and learning that when you have a treat in your hand they will automatically sit without you evening asking.

Make sure to praise your dog so they know they have done the right thing. Now is the time to move onto teaching the dog to sit without a treat.

To do this use the same hand gestures but without the treat. Once your dog has that done the move onto just the word.

Again remember with any training, ensure that you praise your dog when they do the right thing you have ask them to do.

 

Drop or Down.

A little tip with this what ever the word you use for this make sure it is only used to get your dog to lay down. Again, don’t use the same word for multiply things this will only confuse your dog.

  1. Have your dog in a sitting position
  2. With a treat have the dog facing you and with a movement of your hand move the treat from the nose of your dog to the ground in a swoop motion and say the word drop (in this instance – but use whatever word you feel comfortable with).
  3. This may take a few attempts but keep at it your dog will get there.
  4. If your having a little issue you can with your other hand gently lift and move one of your dogs paws out in front. This will encourage your dog to go lower to the ground.
  5. Again this will take some time but keep trying your dog will learn
  6. As with all training skill’s once your dog has it mastered with a treat, then move to doing it with only a hand gesture and then only the word.

Simple your life with a well trained Dog

Stay

Okay this one can be tricky to teach and will take a little longer for your dog to learn, but a great one to teach as you need to ensure that in some circumstances your dog needs to stay in one location.

  1. A great way to teach this is in the drop position.
  2. But lets start in the sitting position first.
  3. Grab your dogs attention with a treat. Know you will want to work out what hand gesture you want to use for this one. I prefer the hand up with palm facing out like a stop sign.
  4. With the dog in the sitting position, put your other hand up and say ‘stay’
  5. Now move one step back from your dog. Still showing the treat. This will take a few goes and you will need to reset your dog in the sitting position each times they move.
  6. Once your dog is staying, try moving further away a little at a time. You want to get to a point that you dog will stay when asked no matter where you go.
  7. Patients with this one is needed, but so worth it.

Come

Okay the last training skill is to come when called.

This is one of the most important ones and can take some time for your dog to learn especially when there are other dogs around or that bunny in the back yard.

So, you want to teach this one once your dog has learned and your confident that they will stay when asked.

  1. So in the sitting position or drop position, get your dog to stay.
  2. Now as with the stay command, you want to do this a little at a time.
  3. So start with moving only one or two steps back and then with the treat showing say the word ‘come’ with a hand gesture of waving the dog towards you.
  4. When the dog comes to you make sure they sit then give the treat and praise them.
  5. Your dog will learn that coming to you when called is rewarding, but take your time and slowing move further away each time.
  6. You want your dog to be able to come to you at a distance with just a hand gesture. That way it will save your voice from yelling.
  7. another trick with this training is to have your dog on a long rope, this allows you to gently pull your dog towards you so they learn that when you say the ‘Come’, they will go towards you. Then slowly extend the rope and in no time at all your dog will come to you when called.

Simple tips to a well behaved Dog

 

Remember these take time and with consistency you and your dog will love the training sessions and you will have the beginning of a well trained dog.

We also know that with puppies and even older dogs we take on there can be some really stressful moments that we may go through with them from digging to trouble with sleeping, but these don’t last if you

  1. put in the time to do some training
  2. use of our helpful tips to stop the unwanted behaviour over on our other post here.

We also have post to help you with feeding your pup the right food and what you can and can’t feed them. and don’t forget to check out the post on essential items you need to have and a few great healthy treats you can make you pup, saving you money on buying treats from the store.

Happy Training!.

 

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