Dogs are lovely animals and they can be great companions. However, you need to teach your dog some ‘dog lessons’ or habits if you want him to always be on his best behavior, if you want him to be easy to control, and if you want him to behave in a particular manner. The time to start training your dog is when he is still a puppy.
Puppies are easier to train; they will continue to learn and get used to the way you want them to behave as they grow in your house. Older dogs can also be trained to be on their best behavior; all you need to do is keep repeating the training or commands, praise your dog when he masters a new habit, and reward with treats.
There are a lot of habits you can teach your dogs. The habits you teach them are up to you; however there are some habit that are quite important for all dogs to learn.
The following are five of such habits:
It is natural for dogs to relieve themselves or pass their poop anywhere they want; therefore if you do not want your dog to litter your house with poop and urine stains, you must teach him how to do his toilet business. To make sure it learns fast, you must time the poop training, repeat the training many times per week, and reward good behaviour with praise and treats.
2. TEACH YOUR DOG TO COME TO YOU WHEN YOU CALL ITS NAME
The first thing people do when they get a dog is to give it a name; however, naming your dog will be quite insignificant if your dog does not ‘know’ his name. If you want your dog to know his name, call his name many times in a day. To make him learn his name quickly, call his name when it’s time to feed him or when you have a treat in your hand.
3. LEASH MANNERS
When you start walking, give it a treat at every few steps, then stop giving treats and walk some distance before you give the next treat. This will make it look forward to the next treat, thereby making it to stay close to you and walk at a pace you like.
Apply a gentle leash pressure anytime your dog is not walking, walking too slow, or walking too fast. Never forceful pull your dog. Reward with treats once it starts to come to you and when it starts behaving or walking the way you want.
4. ‘LEAVE IT’ COMMAND
Dogs are curious and they are scavengers; therefore, they like to investigate the things they see and run after other animals. To convince your dog to stay away from something that you don’t approve of, teach him that the ‘leave it’ command is always followed by a treat. This will make him leave whatever you want him to leave and come to you.
5. THE ‘SIT’ AND ‘STAY’ COMMAND
When a dog obey these commands, it gives the impression than it is a well behaved dog. They are commands that help you easily control your dog when both of you are not home.
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