What do you want out of your beloved pooch? Companionship? Obedience? Utility? Probably all three. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you get things right from the start. Training a dog so that it meets your needs is essential for a happy dog and a happy you, but it’s something that many people don’t get right. The thing is, it’s actually quite easy, especially when you see it step by step.
Before You Get Started
If you live on the West Coast of the US, then you’re probably surrounded by dogs. And you’ve probably noticed that people and their dogs seem to go well together. This is not an accident. The first thing you need to do as a future dog owner is think about the type of dog that you want. If you want an energetic dog that will spend all day rounding up animals on your ranch, don’t bother getting a pug. If you want to be able to relax from time to time, it might be best if you don’t get a Jack Russell Terrier.
The next stage is to plan how much time you’ll have each day to dedicate to your animal. You also need to consider whether you think you can incorporate a dog into your life for the next 15 years or so. Do your life plans match up? If you’re someone that hasn’t managed their time well in the past, it’s a good idea to get this sorted first before getting a pet.
Teaching Your Dog To Sit
Teaching a dog to sit is usually little more than going through a process that starts with getting you dog to listen to your commands. These commands are important because they’re a way of getting the dog’s attention. Usually, this just means calling their name as if it was a person. Once you’ve got their attention, give them a treat for the desired behaviour but be patient. It can sometimes take a little while for your pooch to get the hang of it.
It’s roughly the same process for getting your dog to sit. Make sure they’re aware you’ve got a treat in your dominant hand. Bring the treat to your side. Dogs will naturally then sit to investigate more. At this point, give your dog the treat. They’ll start to associate sitting with reward.
If you find yourself struggling, somewhere like I Said Sit’s dog school could offer help. If you’re struggling to introduce your dog to a new command, or you want to take your dog’s training to a new level, getting the professionals in can help.
Teaching Your Dog To Lie Down
It’s the same process again with lying down. Just get your dog’s attention. Then encourage your dog to lie down, maybe with a toy or a treat. Move the treat in between your dog’s front paws. Their head should follow the treat and so should their body.
Then it’s just a matter of giving the reward as before. If they stand up, withhold the reward. Then just keep repeating until they get it right.