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Dog Training Tips

Training your dogTraining your dog is one of the most loving and sensible things you can do for your family pet. Fitting into the human world can be confusing for a dog, training helps them to understand what is required of them, things they are and are not allowed to do, and can help them feel useful to the pack. Basic obedience commands will help your dog fit into family life, and can be used to positively direct a dog away from unwanted behaviours, like sitting instead of jumping over guests at the door. A trained dog will have more freedom to go places and do things with the family because they can be relied upon to behave. Training is mentally stimulating, will help build a bond between you and your dog, and finally training should be a lot of fun for both of you! 

 
Teaching the Sit

Dog training - SitThe Sit is one of the foundations of dog training, and one of the first commands your new puppy or older rescue dog should learn, and happily it is one of the easier commands to teach. With time, reinforcement and repetition the Sit should become automatic for your dog.

 

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Teach your dog to Stay

Stay and Wait are two separate commands, Stay means "stay there until I come back to you", wait means "wait here until I call you to come to me". Stay should be taught first, and Wait taught at a later stage.

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Teaching your dog Down

Teach your dog downTeaching the down is quite straight forward but requires some patience. Get some treats and find a quiet time to practice. Some larger dogs like the Great Dane may find getting into and out of the down position strenuous, avoid doing too many repetitions with very large breed dogs.

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Teach your dog to come when called

Teach Dog RecallEvery owner wants a dog that will come reliably when called - it allows the dog to have valuable off leash freedom. Teaching a reliable recall comes easier to some breeds and individual dogs than others, and some dogs may never be 100% reliable. Making a strong start when they are puppies, and reinforcing through adolescence if possible is the ideal situation, but older dogs can be taught a solid recall too although it may take more persistence, patience and repetition. 

 

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Teach your dog 'Look at me!'

Dog trainingRepeat this quick exercise a few times each day and you will have a very useful command to get your dogs attention. The idea is to get the dog making eye contact with you on cue.

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Teaching your dog 'Leave It' or 'Off'

Take the time to teach your dog to 'leave it' or 'off' and you will thank yourself time and again for having made the effort. This useful command can be applied to food, people, items or even furniture.

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Teach 'Give Paw' or 'Shake Hands'

give paw - shake hands - trainingTeach your dog to 'shake hands' or 'give paw'. This trick is simple to teach and can form the basis of more advanced tricks.

 

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Hide and Seek

Hide and  SeekTeach your dog to play hide and seek - encourage your dog to use his brain and his nose to seek you out!

 

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Teach Your Dog to Roll Over

Teaching your dog 'roll over' can be more useful than your might think, as well as bonding through training and expanding the routine your dog knows it can also be helpful if you or your vet need to examine your dogs tummy or paws.

 

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Follow my lead

Teach your dog basic targeting - get her to follow your fingers with her nose. This can come in handy in all kinds of situations where you need to place your dog into a particular position, on the scales at the vet or the back seat of the car, and can also form the basis for teaching other tricks or agility.

 

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