How to Care for Your Dog:
Basic Behavior Training
Training a dog takes time and patience, but it can be fun, it can improve her behavior by keeping her mind busy, and it will help you manage any behavior problems she may have in the future. If you want help with dog training or puppy training, talk to a professional dog trainer. Your vet may recommend one.
Set the rules in the beginning, and be consistent and firm about them. Train the dog that you are the leader; don’t “let him win.” This is most important when the dog is a “teenager” between five months and two years old, and is most likely to test you.
If your dog or puppy has too much energy in the house, don’t just leave him outside. Dogs are social animals and this may make more problems. Instead, give him a lot of play and exercise time every day, and then teach the dog to be quiet in the house.
This information will get you started with a few simple commands:
• Sit. Hold a treat in your hand and then move it towards your dog’s tail, motioning for him to sit down while continuously saying “sit” out loud. When he sits, give him the treat and give lots of praise.
• Down. The method for teaching a dog “down” is similar to training a dog to “sit.” Start teaching “down” after your dog has mastered the “sit” command by holding a treat in your hand, telling your dog to sit, and then moving the treat to the floor between your dog’s front legs, repeating the word “down” continuously throughout the process. When your dog is on the floor, say “down” again and give him the treat along with lots of praise.
• Stay. Again, training a puppy or dog to do this command requires him to have mastered the “sit” command. Tell your dog to “sit” and then walk back one or two steps. If your dog stays nicely, walk back to him and praise him. Keep practicing at longer and longer distances.
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