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PostSubject: Training tips   Sat 05 Jun 2010, 8:42 pm

When teaching your dog it is very important that you give lots of praise and reward when your dog gets it right.

Consistency and repetition is key in small sessions (no more than 5 minutes at a time for a puppy). If you get frustrated then stop training for a while as the dog needs to enjoy the training for it to be effective.

Sit

To encourage your dog to sit hold a treat above his / her head and as he raises his head push his bottom down towards the floor. Once he is in the desired position use the word ‘sit’ and reward your dog and lots of praise

Down


Put your dog in the sit position. Kneel down in front of your dog with a treat in your hand, allowing the dog to smell the treat.
Slowly lower your hand to the floor and the dog should follow and lie down. When he does lots of praise and give him the treat.
If your dog stands up when you lower the treat put him back in the sit position and as you lower the treat push it under his stomach. Alternatively you can sit with your leg slightly bent so to make an arch sit your dog one side and say down as you bring the treat under your leg the dog has to go down to get under then give the treat , repetition is the key to all training .

Stay

Have your dog sit in front of you. Take one step back telling your dog to stay, step back to your dog and reward.
Build this up to a number of steps away and always reward. With the stay command I personally always go back to my dog and use the wait command if the dog is expected to do something else

Wait

Have your dog sit in front of you. Take one step back telling your dog to wait, wait a few seconds and then call him to you and reward. Build up the number of steps and always use the wait if you are then going to call the dog to you. If you chose to return to the dog use the stay command.

Come

Have your dog sit in front of you and tell him to wait. Take a couple of steps back and then invite him to come to you, once he arrives encourage him to sit, as he does give him lots of praise and reward. Do this regularly and build up the distance over time.
If you will be using come as a recall command you may want to incorporate a whistle or clicker so the dogs recognises this sound and will come when outdoors, this is useful if you exercise in noisy areas where your dog may not be able to hear your voice.

Back

Stand facing your dog and as you walk toward him, say "Back". He will want to get out of the way and will automatically walk backwards.

Bed

‘Bed means go to the bed and lie down. You should only need to say bed.
Put a crate, bed, blanket, or towel 6-10 feet away from you. With your dog beside you say ‘bed’ and then together go to the bed. Have your dog lie down on the bed, give him a treat, and praise. Repeat many times. Later on, try sending your dog by himself. At first, make sure that someone is waiting at the bed with a treat, eventually they will do it by themselves.

Roll over

Start by having your dog lie down on his belly. Using a treat, hold it by his nose, and then move it around and behind him, so that he lies on his side and then rolls over. As he rolls over say the command ‘roll over’ or whatever command you chose and give the treat once the action is completed

Fetch

If your dog doesn't fetch naturally you need to initially get the used the toy you want them to fetch. Get the toy out and as the dog touches it reward, repeat and reward. Then roll the toy just a few inches in front of you and when he touches the toy reward. If your dog is not interested in the toy at all, have an adult cut a slit in a tennis ball (a smaller, rubber ball if that is too big). Put some treats inside the tennis ball. Show your dog that there are treats in there, and give him one. Get him really excited and then, throw the ball. If needed in the beginning, run with him and get the ball; then give him the treat. Soon you will be able to throw the ball and he will go get it (because he wants the treat)
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PostSubject: Re: Training tips   Tue 20 Jul 2010, 11:00 pm

this was very helpful thanks
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