The Basics Of Dog Training
If you are a loving puppy parent and are new to dog training, it’s important that you focus on creating a relationship based on love and trust. That’s why I recommend sticking to ‘positive reinforcement’ techniques, which are not only effective but also take care of the bond between you and your dog, not to mention their physical and psychological well-being.
But if, on the contrary, you already know your way around dog training, you can just go ahead and skip this section. However, you might find some useful tips and advice here, so I recommend reading through it.
Here are the most essential commands to teach your dog:
How To Teach A Dog “Look At Me”
This is a basic but very important command for a successful and easy training process. It’s absolutely crucial to teach your dog to get their attention on you before moving on to move advanced commands.
To teach your dog, “look at me,” get their attention by clapping your hands, snapping your fingers, waving at them, or simply calling their name. When the dog looks at you, reinforce their compliance with positive voice markers like “yes,” “good,” “good job,” etc.; finally, reward them with a treat.
Repeat this process several times from a distance and also standing in front of the dog. It’s important to test their compliance with different degrees of difficulty.
How To Teach A Dog To “Sit”
Use your dog’s favorite treat and hide a little piece in your hand to arouse their interest; get them to start looking for it; gently move your hand to their nose, pushing it back slightly until their bottom hits the floor. Now, use a positive voice marker and reward with a treat.
Repeat this drill several times. If your dog fails to comply or gets a little stubborn, go outside for a quick walk or play session. Dogs are sometimes moody, a little lethargic, or overly active. Getting them to move around a little before training is a good way to get them interested in the training.