How to Train Your Dog
How to Train Your Dog Important facts
When you take the leash off, remember the following:
The dog should not run off, with you chasing vainly behind, yelling for Fido to come back.
Yes, if you want Fido to free heal, you must train him to heal on the leash first.
How to Train Your Dog
This is how you need to start;
- Take your dog off its leash
- Walk in a straight line. (Angling into your dog will cause her to heel wide.)
- Walk briskly! Don’t walk at the dog’s pace.
- Don’t wave your hands about – hold the LEFT hand close to the body!
- Make sure you always give the first command in a happy tone of voice. (The dog needs to know that you are happy – don’t try to teach him anything if you are in a bad mood.)
Change your voice to a commanding tone or call your dog’s name sharply if they don’t keep up to your walking pace or if they amble away.
AFTER the second command, gently pat your side and give praise.(Give praise at every opportunity)
If forging (Fido tries to get ahead of you) is your problem, or if your dog attempts to dart off, you must stand still! Signal back with your left hand and repeat the heel command forcefully, and then pat your side coaxingly.
Remember, knowing how to train your dog is not unlike training your child to behave in a way society expects. Give them rules and boundaries. Be firm about what is right and what is not. Praise whenever you have an opportunity, That is, whenever you dog performs as asked.
When your dog is doing a good job of learning, give it the commendation it deserves! Praise it while it is actually learning and performing well.
If the dog you are training is large, make sure you carry the leash folded twice, with the snap end in your RIGHT hand. If the dog fails to pay attention, call their name loudly or reach out and “slap” them playfully on the hindquarters with the end of the leash. You should then persuade your dog close by patting your side. (Never hit hard or in such a way that you cause you dog pain. Just the LIGHT slap is all that’s needed)
If all attempts on how to train your dog to keep him at heel position fail, it’s time to put the leash back on, give it ONE good tug to bring the dog in close, and try again. The change in voice, followed by flattery, with the special use of the leash, should eventually teach your dog to stay at your side at all times. Once you know how to train your dog, it can very very enjoyable, especially if you make the heeling fun!