Below are some basic dog commands for you to try out on your new puppy. These tips when reinforced on a daily basis can help you gain control on the new member of your family.
1. Stand with a treat in your hand, held in front of your puppy's nose.
2. Say "sit” and move the treat upwards, toward your puppy's head. As you do this, your puppy backend should naturally sink down into a sit. If not, you can gently push his rear down when you say "sit” the next time.
3. Praise and give treats when he accomplishes the sit. Practice this several times a day.
1. Have your puppy sit. Place a treat or a toy right in front of him.
2. Say "Leave it!" and keep your hand close to the object.
3. If he moves toward it, cover it with your hand and repeat "Leave it!"
4. Remove your hand again and wait a few seconds.
5. Praise him. Repeat daily and build up the time he has to leave the treat or toy.
1. Have your puppy sit in front of you with a four or six foot leash on and have a treat in your hand.
2. Squat down slightly, pat your thighs and say "Come!"
3. Pull lightly on the lead and pull your puppy gently toward you, hand over hand.
4. Reward with praise and the treat. Practice this for a week or so then, in a contained area such as your fenced yard, start working on it without the lead.
1. Make your puppy sit next to you.
2. Putting the palm of your hand in front of him, say "Stay!"
3. Take a step or two back.
4. If he moves, calmly return to his side and repeat. Keep moving back further when he stays.
5. Reward when he stays, even if for just a few seconds.
1. Get your puppy to sit in front of you.
2. Show him a treat and slowly lower it to the floor in front of him while saying "Down!.
3. If he doesn't go down all the way, gently pull his front legs forward until he does.
4. As soon as he's down, praise and reward him.
1. Have your puppy sit down.
2. Put your hands under his belly near his backend and gently pull up while saying "Stand!"
3. Reward him when he does. At the beginning, you might need to keep you hand under his belly to keep him from sitting back down.
There are many different types of training. You can certainly start the training on your own but it's recommended that your dog at least go to one basic obedience training class. In addition to getting hands on instruction, you can ask questions specific to your dog and your dog gets a lesson in socialization.
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