Dog Obedience Training Tips

  1. Have a dog that jumps? When he or she jumps turn away from they. Keep your back to them and they will stop. Don’t yell stop or give them any attention that’s what they want. If you turn away the attention is taken and they have to try something new to get your attention. It may take a few tries but they will understand. When they get down wait and then reward with praise and or a treat.
  2. Want to teach your dog to sit? Treats are the best way! Get down on your knees or sit on the floor in front of them. This shows you are teaching not looking down at them. It evens the playing field. Place a trip above there their nose and say “sit”. Do not let them get the treat just hold it there. They will try all sorts of things to get the treat. When they sit finally reward them. Remember to place it just above the nose or they will jump for it. Practice makes perfect here!
  3. Patience. This can be a lesson for not only your dog but you as well. Although most breeds are rather quick to learn and catch onto things some requests take time. Practice, persistence and a lot of patience. Be sure you are patient if you become flustered your dog will pick up on that and become just as frustrated.
  4. Have an anxious dog outside or want to prevent one? Remember to walk your dog many times a day especially in the beginning of adoption. This helps with potty training but encountering things. Sounds, other animals, people and cars. If they hear, see and smell things as much as they can they outdoors are not as scary and over whelming.
  5. Does your dog bark and snap at other pets? Use a leash and try to get them comfortable with different kinds of animals. Walk them close. If they snap, bark or growl turn around and walk them away from the animal. Do this enough times and they will stop the behavior. Most dogs are scared or curious. Remember to praise them for their good behavior.
  6. Have chew problems? Dogs especially young ones like to chew things. Whatever the specialty item they choose try and catch them doing it. Try diverting their attention to a chew toy with a treat or make a sound to scare them from the item they are chewing. You don’t want them to scare them just divert their attention.
  7. “Shake”. Once you have mastered the “sit” command try “Shake”. Place the treat above the nose like the sit command and have they sit. Then reach for a paw, you may have to actually pick the paw up and say “shake”. They will eventually lift the paw for you when you go to reach if it means a treat. Remember patience and praise!
  8. “Stay”. This command is easy to learn if you have mastered “sit” and “shake”. Simply place your hand out facing the dog with a treat in the other. Step backwards from the dog and say “stay”. If they come to you turn around and walk away. Try again. They will learn to one not follow and two to “stay”.
  9. Refrain from saying “no” while training. Everyone says “no” expecting the dog will understand. They will not. It’s the tone or your voice and your actions not the meaning of the word itself. So you say, “No, I have said no a million times, why don’t you understand”. They don’t.
  10. Potty training. Is the hardest skill to master. Some potty pads and frequent outings just do not work. Don’t get discouraged. You have to teach the dog to one not mark things and two to hold it. A crate may be needed. But get the animal on a routine as much as possible. And you may need to have them neutered to stop territory marking.

DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Should you think that your pet needs medical attention, please contact your local veterinarian.  
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