Train Your Dog
A dog’s never too old to learn new tricks!
A dog’s never too old to learn new tricks!
Every dog parent is responsible for making sure their dog is properly trained, by using commands that bring out the best in their dog.
With Dog training you are teaching your dog to listen to you and thereby establishing yourself as pack leader. A dog that is happy and under control will eagerly respond to commands like sit, stay or come, which can be potentially lifesaving for your dog.
An obedient dog will respond even when there are real life distractions around, like other dogs barking or when they are on busy streets.
Dog training gives you a great chance to have some real one on one time to interact with eachother. It will help you to better understand your dog’s needs and teach you to communicate effectively with him. By doing this, you will also build a relationship of trust and respect, and ultimately a stronger bond between you.
A dog that knows its boundaries and behaves well will be more comfortable and relaxed in social situations. With both other dogs and people, whereas an un trained and unsocialized dog might react aggressively when meeting unfamiliar dogs or people.
Your dog needs stimulation to keep him healthy and alert. Dog training will keep your dog active, both physically and mentally, and also help to avoid any temperament or behavioural issues in the future.
Though training should ideally start when your dog is a pup, it’s never too late to start, improve or rectify dog training problems.
Training takes time and patience, and is an ongoing process. It’s not easy, by any stretch of the imagination, and can be downright frustrating at times, but keep at it. You Can Do It!
Below are some helpful training videos and steps to train your dog yourself. If you don’t have the time or you are struggling with training, we have an ever growing list in our directory of professional trainers and dog schools to help you out when the training gets too tough to handle.
To encourage your dog to sit, you will lure your dog into position with a treat
With your dog in either a sit position or lying down
Start with your dog in a “Sit” position, as your dog is already half-way there and likely to succeed this way. Lure your dog with a yummy treat.
If you have trouble with this method, don’t worry. Watch the video above for other methods to teach your dog the “Down”.
Have fabulous treats to hand and begin with your dog in a lying down position.
Then tell your dog to “Sit” and if your dog doesn’t naturally do this, then
To train a dog perfect recall so your dog doesn’t get distracted and always comes back to you, one method is to play chase with your dog, where you are the object of prey.
Begin in an enclosed / safe park by using a long line / lead to prevent the dog getting distracted, (and to pick up if necessary) and his favourite toy.
Try this easy exercise at feeding time to prevent your dog from lunging in to eat and to learn to wait. This can then be used in all kinds of situations where you need your dog to wait such as the front door.
Practice a similar exercise outside with your dog on leash
Take it – teaches dogs to take things gently from your hands
Leave it – Can be life saving. If you drop a food dangerous to your dog or medication on the floor of your home, you need to be able to stop your dog from touching it before it potentially harms them. Out in the park this command can be useful to stop them picking up discarded foods, chasing after squirrels or even other dogs.
Take it –
Leave it –
Drop it teaches dogs to release things that are in their mouth. This could be a toy they already have or more importantly it could be something they have picked up that is harmful to them and you need them to let go of it immediately.
It’s advisable to teach your dog the “Take It” command before moving on to “Drop It”
You will need your dog’s favourite tug toy and great treats.
The best place to train your dog to heel is where he feels happy and relaxed without distractions.
Start your training in the home.
Once your dog has the idea, you can move to your garden to practice. If you don’t have a garden, use a quiet area in
For your dog to politely greet you, a guest or someone on your walk, he should be able to “ sit stay “on all fours, either in the “sit” or “ down” whichever they prefer, while you or someone else pets him.
Praise your dog, give him the treat, and pet your dog. Continue doing this for a few moments. You want your dog to get used to be touched.
Barking & Lunging
Speak – Quiet
Have a reward ready that your dog absolutely loves like some fresh cooked chicken for example.
• Start off by giving your dog a little bit of the treat, so he knows what goodies you have.
• Hold your hand near your dog with the treat in your palm, but don’t let him have it until he barks
• You might be waiting a while – but be patient.
• Your dog may try various things to please you to get the treat. Ignore everything until he barks.
• When your dog eventually barks, or makes even a little sound in that direction, reward with your treat and praise
• Repeat this until he does a proper bark, then introduce the word “speak” just before or after he barks.
• Tell him to speak, reward and praise. Repeat this until your confident he’s got it.
• Now hold out a treat. You are aiming for your dog to be quiet and not bark. If he barks for the treat, don’t give it to him until he’s quiet. If continues to bark, say, No and move the treat further away from your dog.
• The moment your dog is quiet, introduce the word quiet, and reward your dog.
• Practice speak and quiet one after the other, until your dog gets the hang of it.