Basic Dog Training Tips

It’s time for everyone to go back to school, and that can mean you and your dog, too. Even if you don’t want to go to obedience school with your pup, you can incorporate a few basic training ideas into your dog’s daily routine. You can even work with your older dog. It’s never too late to learn something new.

Rewarding You Dog

Positive reinforcement is the way to motivate your dog to obey simple commands. You can offer healthy treats, an opportunity to play with a favorite toy, or some warm affection when your dog gets it right.

When you first start training your dog, start our slow with shorter lessons and work up from there. It is also a good idea to end each training session on a positive note with a command that they tend to get right.

Making Corrections

To correct an undesirable behavior, use a firm ‘no’ in a serious, low voice. Never strike your pet to correct behavior. Get your tone right, use it at the right times, and your dog will learn.

Use Simple, Clear Commands

They key to giving your dog commands is to keep it simple. Use clear one-word commands for the actions you want your dog to take. It is important to be consistent. Decide what words you want to use for each command and stick with them.

Some important commands to teach your dog include:

Come – This is a good place to start your training. Try to have your dog wait as you walk away from her, then say come. Reward her each time she does.

Sit – You might have to encourage your dog’s rear with a gentle hand to the ground when you start, but this is another command to learn early on.

Heel – There are other words you can use, but when walking your dog, you want his head to be even with your leg, typically on your left side. Remember, you walk your dog, not the other way around.

Stay – another word you might choose is ‘hold’ for this important command.

Leave it – This is a useful command for telling your dog to leave something (or someone) alone.

Next time you stop by Quail Ridge Animal Hospital, feel free to ask Dr. Hewitt for more dog training tips. If your dog has more of a stubborn streak than you had hoped, your friendly veterinary team can help.



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