If you have a new dog and you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the things you need to know, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you have a new dog or a long-time pet, it’s a good idea to have a plan for how to train them.
There are many different methods of dog training, but they all have one thing in common: They follow a certain sequence of commands. Training your dog to follow commands is tricky, but by following the right sequence of commands, you will have a much better chance of success.
Training a dog is an interactive process between a trainer and their dog. There are a lot of reasons why this type of training doesn’t work:
- A dog doesn’t understand what you are saying to them.
- The handler doesn’t understand what the dog is saying
- A dog doesn’t understand how to appropriately treat people
- The relationship between the dog and handler is not friendly
If you want to properly teach your dog a new command, it’s important to get it right the first time. If the commands are wrong, it’s very difficult to correct them and get them correct the second time. It takes a lot of practice to get it right! The more practice you get, the more effective the training will be.
Why Does The Sequence Matter?
There are two simple reasons why the sequence of commands matters.
First, your dog should know which command to respond to first. Not all commands are made equal. Some commands require more, some less time and energy from the dog. If the dog doesn’t know what the command is, they may not know how to follow the command.
Second, you want your dog to understand what the action means. This means your dog should know what the desired outcome of the action is. You don’t want your dog just doing things willy-nilly, not because they don’t know what to do, but because they don’t know the correct response.
If they’re doing something just to please you, the outcome is probably the same every time.
Teach The Dog The Desired Behavior
The first thing you want to teach your dog is what you want them to do. Most dogs will naturally do the behavior that you want them to do. For example, if you want your dog to lie down on command, you simply say “Down” and then make a noise to make them do it.
While you can teach your dog to lie down by saying “down” in any form (making a noise, saying the name of the behavior or using a hand signal), this is often better when you use a specific hand signal. You don’t want to teach a dog the wrong behavior.
It is much easier to teach a dog the correct behavior when it’s not complex. Using an object to teach a dog the behavior you want is a great way to get them used to the command. Teach a dog the name of a behavior you want, and they will quickly learn to imitate you.
Train The Dog To Respond To The Command
First, choose the right command to teach your dog. With a dog, it’s easy to let the way your dog acts inform your training plan.
In some cases, it may be best to choose a command that is likely to result in the type of behavior you’d like to see from your dog. For instance, if you want to get your dog to sit politely when you ask, that might be a good idea.
This can be a simple command that you can train in less than 10 minutes. Or, if you want to train your dog to come to you, it may be best to train the command “sit.” Most dogs respond to this fairly easily and will sit within minutes of your first command.
When you’re training your dog, keep his enthusiasm alive!
Check The Dog’s Understanding
One of the most important things to check when training your dog to follow commands is how well your dog understands the commands that you’re trying to teach them. Make sure that your dog understands the different commands before trying to teach them another one.
The meaning of the words you use also matters a lot. A lot of people train their dogs to sit using a food lure.
However, most dogs aren’t able to understand this, and the lure of food will soon lose its appeal. So you need to be careful with your dog’s understanding.
Ask yourself, “Do my dog understand that I want her to sit right now?” If the answer is no, then you need to change the order in which the commands are given, or you need to modify your dog’s understanding.
This article covered everything you need to know about how to train your dog. You’ve now learned the proper sequence of commands for dog training, the different types of training methods, and what you need to get started.
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