Until I hadn’t had a pet dog of my own, I thought it was pretty easy to teach these animals their names and the basic commands. I would intently visualize how I’ll get my first dog one day and take him for a stroll the next, enjoying his obedience to my commands. However, I soon realized that I was a bit too ambitious in my plans.
Teaching dogs, or any other pet, is a tiring and difficult job, but it’s still fun. It may be very disappointing if your dog pays no heed to you when you call out his name, but the ultimate benefits of teaching him to follow your commands is worth the investment. I’m sure you have already heard several of those dog-saving-owner’s-life stories, and am totally convinced that you’ll want a similar faithful dog for yourself too. Let’s see how you can perform the basic dog training; making him come when called, in seven simple steps!
***Start with creating a dog-friendly home and begin indoors with a leash tied to your dog’s collar. Stand a few feet away from the animal, exactly where the other end of the dog’s leash finishes.
When you notice that the dog isn’t paying attention to you, call out his name followed by ‘come’ in a very clear and energetic tone. For example, “Lucy, come!”
***To make the dog begin to understand this command, show him a dog treat or any food item that he loves. Cheese or chicken is ideal for most dogs.
Now, as the dog steps forward toward you, you begin to step back. Encourage him by saying words such as, “Yes, come on!”
***When your dog finally reaches you, give him the treats he deserves. Offer him the chicken piece that you had held out to him, and gently pat his back. Also smile at him, so that your pet understands that he has pleased you with his actions.
***In case, your dog doesn’t move toward you when you offered him food, lightly pull the leash to persuade him to move. Again, keep your tone excited without showing anger so that the pet understands that coming toward you is something good.
***Repeat the complete cycle a couple of times every day, gradually adding distractions to the environment such as by moving out into the garden.
With all these efforts, you will gradually begin to notice that your basic dog training has borne fruit and that your dog comes running to you, every time you call out his name!
With that said, you must also make sure you teach your dog how to behave with others. Dog bite accidents are very common in the US just because dogs are not very well trained. If this happens, you also risk compensation claim from the victim. Therefore, it’s necessary for you to know why dog bites happen and how to stop it. There can be five main reasons including dog’s possessiveness, dog’s fear, dog’s pain, dog’s maternal instincts and dog’s prey drive. Know the warning signs and train them properly to stop dog biting.