7 Ways To Improve Your Dog’s Behavior in a Week:
1) Teach Emergency Recall!
(You will learn how to teach your dog to come when called.)
2) Teach Sit, Down, Stay, Come and Lie down commands.
3) Train your dog to sit while being walked on leash.
4) Teach your dog to stay with you at all times.
5) Train your dog not to bark or growl at strangers.
6) Teach your dog to wait until it hears its name before coming.
7) When walking on a lead, teach your dog to walk slowly and quietly.
In this article I will share with you how to train your dog to do these things in a week.
I have been teaching dogs since I was little, but now I am going to show you how easy they are and why they work so well!
The first thing you need to do is get a good quality obedience collar. You want one that fits your dog perfectly and doesn’t make them uncomfortable. If they don’t fit right, then they won’t obey properly! You can buy a cheap imitation from the pet store, which will probably hurt their feelings!
Now let’s start with teaching your dog to come when called. You need to be in a large open area for this. If you have friends or family with dogs, this would be a good time to get them involved too!
Grab about 10 small treats and bring your leash with you. Stand in one spot and call your dog while holding the treats in your other hand. Call their name first, then give them the treat when they come. If they don’t come, do not chase them, just try again.
Once they understand that when they hear their name they will receive a treat, start using the command “come.” Call them and when they come give them a treat and lavish them with praise.
Now start mixing it up a little bit. Call your dog’s name without giving them a treat every once in awhile. If they obey your command give them the treat and praise as usual.
Continue this until they are always coming when you call, even without the treats. Then test it by calling them from further away and mixing in the treat with the praise every once in awhile.
Now that your dog is listening to your calls, it is time to teach them how to come when you call them no matter what they are doing! This is where the obedience leash comes in handy.
You can’t just call your dog and expect them to come running. First you need to get their attention, then tell them to come. This may take some time at first, but your dog will get it eventually.
Do not pull on the leash when you are trying to get your dog’s attention! All this will do is scare them and they won’t want to come when called. Either use it to guide or gently tug on it so that they look at you.
After your dog looks at you, call their name and tell them to come. If they don’t obey, do not pull on the leash or chase after them. Doing this will teach them that coming when called is a bad thing. Either try again later or just give them a treat and praise them for coming close to you.
Continue training your dog in this manner until they naturally start obeying the command to come when called no matter what they are doing.
The next step is to start calling them from further away and in situations where there are a lot of interesting smells and things to see. Dogs love to explore and this can make training difficult, so you have to make it fun for them!
Start this process by finding an area that is fenced in or has very low obstacles. From there, gradually increase the distance as your dog gets better at coming when called.
If your dog starts to ignore you, do not chase them or call to them again. Wait a few seconds before trying again. If this keeps happening, go back to a previous phase of training and practice it some more.
Remember, this is supposed to be fun for your dog! They will not excel at it if they are stressed out. Follow these tips and you and your dog will have great success in coming when called!
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