Basic Obedience Dog Training

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Here at Familypet Vet puppy pre-school we will teach you and your puppy to following basic commands:

  • Sit
  • •Stay
  • Drop
  • Come

When teaching these commands, we try and get the puppies to know the action first, and then bring in the verbal command once they have mastered that action.

 

Sit:

  1. Position yourself in front of your puppy, making sure he or she is facing you.
  2. Get the puppies’ attention by calling him or her and showing you have a treat.
  3. Hold the treat in your fingers and right in front of the puppies’ nose. Do not move your hand around otherwise the puppy will move, jump up, or on you.
  4. Raise your hand slowly upwards, keeping the treat in front of its nose and eyes and then over its head.
  5. Ideally, puppies’ nose will follow, head will go up, and bottom will go down.
  6. Reward straight away and give lots of praise!
  7. Once your puppy can do this well, start using the verbal command “sit” when the puppy sits down.
  8. Practise this every day, and get your puppy to sit for any kind of food or attention.

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Drop:

  1. Start by getting your puppy to sit.
  2. Hold a treat in front of your puppy’s nose and then lower your hand to the ground keeping your hand right in front of your puppy and between the legs/ paws.
  3. As you near the ground move the treat away from the puppy along the floor.
  4. The puppy should lower its body to the ground.
  5. Rewards within half a second and say drop.

 

** You may find your pup will want to lift their bottom/ or stand back up, while attempting to drop, if this happens just use your other hand to prevent them lifting their back end. Sometimes a bit of gentle pressure may be needed on their shoulders to get their front legs lying down.

Stay:

  1. Get your puppy to sit. Position yourself right in front of your puppy.
  2. Hold a treat in front of your puppy’s nose without moving it.
  3. Start with moving with one foot only, stepping backwards once. Do this while keeping the treat right in front of your puppy so they don’t have a reason to move.
  4. Say stay and reward immediately.
  5. Repeat as above, gradually moving both feet, then eventually move further and further backwards.

** take this very slowly, moving a small distance every few days. Also when teaching stay, never call them to you, go back to them, and then reward.

Come:

  1. Always use a happy high pitched voice.
  2. Move away from your puppy, call their name and say come.
  3. Once they are at your feet reward immediately.

This is a good one to practise around meal time. Never punish for them coming, particularly after they have run off or not come straight away, otherwise your puppy will be too scared to come back to you.

Settle:

This command is good for rewarding your puppy for calm “settled” behaviour. Have a treat handy, and when you notice your puppy sitting or lying quietly, say the word settle, and give your puppy a treat.

Over time, your puppy will the associate being calm and quiet with getting a treat, and in the future will help you to get them to settle down sooner when excited.

 

** When doing obedience training with your puppy, don’t go on for too long they will lose concentration quickly. 5-10 minutes is plenty. Pick a time that your puppy isn’t too lively, but not asleep either. If your attempting to do some training with your puppy and they are not paying attention, don’t force it, have a break, and try again in half an hour or so.

 

Puppy Training

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Dog Training BeagleLike humans dogs are very social creatures. In a wild state, they live as part of a pack that works as an effective hunting and puppy-rearing unit. Conflict is rare, and although much ritual posturing and communication goes on to ensure that all pack members understand the rules, pack living is harmonious.

Domestic dogs have evolved to be very different creatures from wild dogs or wolves. They live with us, in our homes, and in the process have monopolized our hearts, too. Yet under the surface of the cuddly exterior, some of the drives that keep a wild pack together remain. Dogs, like children, need boundaries and consistency.

They are unlikely to challenge rules that are always kept, but may become frustrated or confused if those rules are sometimes permitted to be broken. Dogs regard us as their “pack leaders” and it is sensible to start off in the way you intend to continue to ensure that your dog feels secure.

Dogs, do not denote rank structure or leadership by physical force or aggression. Instead, they use subtle signals that they recognize as indicators of rank. Many of these are very useful to us, and we can adapt them to the way we live to ensure that we communicate in a way the dog understands. Not all these social signals need to be enforced all the time, but many arc simply useful ways of ensuring that your dog maintains good manners.

Children and puppies can be best friends if basic ground rules about play and handling are established.

Canine social order is fairly basic. In simple terms, the higher your rank, the more rights and privileges you are afforded. By looking at these rights from the dog’s point of view, it is possible to see why some dogs learn to work the system and take advantage of their owners.

Give attention and lots of it when you decide, not when your dog does. Some dogs develop masterly strategies to ensure that their owner walks them, pets them, and feeds them when they choose, not the other way around. Ignoring attention-seeking can be quite difficult, particularly if you have a bright dog, but if you ever wonder why you can’t make a telephone call, why your visitors never seem to stay long, or why you can’t eat your meal in peace, maybe you should think about this.

Many people don’t mind if their dog sleeps on the bed or gets on the furniture, but think about this from the dog’s point of view. Being rewarded in this way day after day is wonderful, until the day a relative comes to stay or the dog’s paws are muddy. Suddenly it is not permitted to do these things and conflict can occur. If you are going to let your dog enjoy these home comforts, make ‘Sure you can move it with just one quiet command.

Toys are wonderful training tools but this works both ways. If you think that your dog is training you to throw the ball or play tug-o’-war whenever it asks, or if it walks off in the middle of a game to chew a toy alone, think about restructuring your games so you both benefit. Some dogs love to pit their strength against their owner when playing tug-o’-war. If yours is one of these, make sure you teach your dog to let go instantly with one quiet command.