Trust and Confidence Dog Obedience Training
Submitted On 2007-06-02
If you are wondering what is the most vital element that can earn you a everlasting and hearty relationship with your dog, here is the answer: obedience training. This is a learning process, which grounds reliance and trust on both sides, resulting ideally in owning a dog that's permanently obedient and attentive to you.
Primarily, your dog's obedience is imperative for his safety, but also that of others' and their pets. Today's lesson will be the “stay” command, which is a must in your dog's training. I mean who wants the little beast running off wildly after the postman?
Step 1: SIT
Start by requesting your dog to “sit”. The command should be voiced while also showing him your hand, palm towards him. Praise him and stay still for a short while, reward him with a treat, wait a bit and then discharge him by an “OK” so that he can resume moving.
This routine should be repeated by adding another second each time – summing up to 5 - to the sit position.
Step 2: STAY = A TREAT
When the dog has gotten hold of the 5 second position, you can start working on longer “stays”, e.g. of 10 seconds. Hence, ask your dog to “sit”. The moment he does so, demand him to “stay”. During the stay, don't forget to keep the dog into position with calm praises all along, and also give him some treats. Giving your pet even 2-3 treats during these 10 seconds is a great learning tool.
By the system of treats, the dog will acquire the reflex that holding into the “stay” position consequently means a reward. Conversely, if he moves during the “sit still” exercise, discourage this by a vocal "eh-eh," "wrong," or "no" in a neutral voice and also by hiding the reward from his sight, while insisting on the “sit” verbal command.
If he still refuses, lure him into the sit position by showing him the treat, but DO NOT give it. Once he sits again, say "stay" and resume the exercise. If still unsuccessful in this sitting exercise, you may be moving too quickly for him.
However, since you wish the dog to be successful, do not hesitate to repeat the first steps again, in short bits and to rework them instead of forcing him into a routine he is not handling.
Step 3: Move around him
Once your pet has been constantly successful on the 10-second “stay”, we get to something new. While he is in the sit still position, start walking slowly around him.
He will most probably want to move after you, so as you walk repeat the “stay” command every quarter of this circle. Praise him if he does so and reward him with his treat.
But if he tries to change his position, say "eh-eh," "wrong," or "no”. Once he maintain position, praise him and repeat the “stay” verbal command. DO NOT reward him once you release him from the position, since the treat is supposed to equal “stay”, not “resume moving”.
This exercise is to be carried out in a controlled space at the beginning (e.g. your flat, backyard), then as he masters it, in a more diverting environment: while you are out walking him. Remember that this is recommendable only once you are positive that he can make it.
For this, it would be advisable to spend some time helping your dog to learn the “stay” command and some further elementary obedience training.
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