Three Tips Training a Dog Basic Obedience Skills

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    Three basic commands to teach your dog obedience skills

    A dog offers unconditional love and companionship to a caring owner. A properly-trained dog adds more joy and pleasure compared to an untaught dog. Researches have shown that an obedient dog is a happier and appeased animal than one who is not. I love to train dogs and my goal is always to have a pooch that is nice and can be controlled in any situation especially if there are children or other animals around. I do my training without cruelty and without tearing a dog's spirit. If you applied the right dog training methods, you will be surprised at how easy your dog can follow and understand your commands. Here are some great examples of dog training methods you can use to develop your dog's basic obedience skills:

    Here are three great examples of dog training methods you can use to develop your dog's basic obedience skills:

    1. The Sit Command

    The sit command should be the first lesson you can teach your dog. It is the most common and basic command your dog should learn. In this training, you use a treat as a reward every time your dog shows good behavior. This technique is easy to do and works every time. You need a leash attached to your dog to hold him steady. Let your dog see the treat in your hand and show it above his head. Let him look up, then say "sit". Most of the time, if your dog is staring at your hand he will automatically sit. If for the first try he didn't sit, use your other hand to mildly press down your dog's rear, then say "sit".

    If he sits after your command, give him the treat immediately and praise him by saying "That's my boy" in a cheerful voice. After that pet him vigorously show him that you are happy with his behavior. Always reward him every time he acted correctly, so he knows there will be another treat if he responds correctly.

    2. The Lie Down Command

    After you have taught your dog of the sit command, you can now train him the "Lie Down" lesson. A treat is also important in this training to achieve good results. First, command your dog to "Sit". Do not quickly give him a treat after sitting. While he is comfortably sitting, try to show him the treat in your hand, and hold it in front of him, move your hand down to the floor and then say "Lie Down". Use your other hand and gently press down your dog's shoulder until he lies down or gently tug the leash downward. Once your dog is relaxed, give him a reward immediately and say "Good Boy" in a cheerful tone and pat him vigorously to let him know that you are satisfied with his response to your command. Always remember that the tone of your voice means everything to your dog. It is essential that your dog senses you are happy with what he has shown.

    3. The Stay Command

    The "Stay" command is a bit more difficult to apply compared to the Sit and Lie Down Commands. In the Stay Command, you need to pick the proper time during the day to start training with your dog. It is important to know your dog is in a relaxed or calm mood.  Don't begin training your dog if he is excited or playful. Like the previous training, a treat is used to let your dog remember the command.

    Start the Stay Command by telling your dog to sit or lie down. After he obeyed your sit or lie command, show him your hand and signal him to stop. If your dog holds his position for 5 seconds, give him a treat immediately and say "Good dog" and pet him. Remember to give him a compliment if he showed the correct response. Repeat the steps several times. Hold your hand in the same stop position to let him know that he needs to stay.  Slowly move away a few feet, then gradually add more distance until he learns the Stay Command. Patience is very important in this type of training. You may be unsuccessful on the first few tries. Keep training your dog on another day. You will receive your reward just be patient and persistent.
    When it comes to Traditional training methods, you need to use some fundamental dog training techniques that are necessary for teaching your dog.
    First is always be patient. You need to show patience when teaching your dog new lessons. Just like us humans, dogs do learn at different rates of speed. If your dog cannot understand a new command, be patient. Do not punish or scream at your dog. It is better to hold the training and teach him again another day.

    The pitch of your voice is another very important part to get good results in training your dog. Speak in a cheerful voice whether you are rewarding or petting your dog. Every time you praise him, speak in a slightly higher voice inflection. Somewhat more resonant and excited in tone than you normally speak.

    One of the most useful traditional ways of training a dog is using dog treats. Treats are highly useful to make your dog obey the commands but you don't need to bring it all the time for your dog to give the correct response. You need to gradually reduce the giving of treats once your dog has become able in following the commands and simply replace it with word compliments such as Good Boy and zestful petting.

    Everyone in your family must use the same commands you have taught your dog. Doing this will help your dog to not be distracted with what he is commanded to do like sit down, lie down, etc.
    No matter what your command is, every family member must use the same command.

    Lastly, try to make each training sessions exciting for your dog. Your dog should know that his training is associated with fun. After a complete training, play with your dog for 15 minutes. Let your dog recognize that what you are doing is entertaining for both of you.

    These are just several of the useful dog training techniques you can apply. For you to improve more on your training, try filming a video of your training sessions so you can see and hear the interaction between you and your pet dog.

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