Dog training should begin the minute you bring your new dog home. You can teach your dog basic commands such as sit, stay, down-Yes. Good boy. -come, and heel. -Yes. Keep training sessions short and fun so your dog will enjoy the process and want to do it again. Train around meal time so your dog will be hungry and interested in the treat you are presenting. Start with something simple like “sit.” Sit is a position from which a lot of other commands are taught. -Sit. Yes. Good boy. -Use a cheerful voice. To get your dog to sit, put your hand on your dog’s lower back and very gently push downward saying “Sit.” -Sit. Be prepared to say “sit” a number of times. Each time your dog accomplishes the task, reward him by saying, “Good dog,” and giving him a treat. -Good.- Very good.
Dogs respond well to repetition, praise, and an occasional treat. Be patient. And don’t introduce another command until your dog has learned how to sit. Playtime is a great time for training your dog. If you’re playing fetch with your dog, tell him to sit before you throw the ball. Once he learns this, add “come.” Come is an especially important command as it can help you call your dog back to you if you were to ever run off. Once your dog has learned to sit and come, the other basic commands you should know are stay, heel, and down. By incorporating training into your daily routine, you will have a well-behaved dog.