Having a well-trained dog is no guarantee that your pet will also be a well-balanced dog. However, it can certainly go a long way. This is because by teaching your dog a couple of basic commands you are effectively making it easier for you to correct any problematic behavior that may come to develop.
This article seeks to help dog owners who do not know where to begin their pet’s obedience training. Keep in mind that you have the option to take an actual class on this topic. However, with the right attitude, it would hardly be necessary. In particular, this article will help you teach your dog one of the most fundamental commands: sitting.
Teaching Dogs How to Sit
If you want to make your dog more obedient, then sitting is the first trick you should teach. Not only is it fairly easy to teach, but it also lays down some of the foundation of the training that will follow. First, you need to put a treat in front of the dog’s nose. Then move the treat higher so that the dog’s bottom is lowered. Once in the sitting position, say Sit and give him the treat.
By repeating this motion daily, your dog should be able to master it in no time at all.
Stay is probably one of the fundamental aspects of proper dog discipline. It is crucial if you want to teach your dog to become more obedient and respect your authority more. However, you have to understand that this particular command is not that easy to teach. In addition to that, it is vital that your dog has already mastered the Sit command, as this command would be impossible to teach without it.
This should serve as a basic guide on how you can teach your dog how to stay. First, tell the dog to sit. Once in the sitting position, hold your hand in front you with palms open and tell the dog to stay. Then, you can take a few steps back. If he stays, give your dog a reward in the form of a treat and affection. Gradually increase the number of steps you take before giving the treat.
To ensure that your dog masters this command, you need to ensure that you do it often enough for the next couple of days. The reward is vital as it takes your dog a lot of effort just to obey your command.