Everything An Owner Needs To Know For Training Their Dog Like An Absolute Pro

If you are thinking about adopting a dog or already have one, consider obedience training.  It helps you to raise a happy and loyal companion but, more importantly, one day it could save your dog’s life.

César Millán, the world-renowned dog behavior expert, has passed on these valuable tips.

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Keep in mind that the digestive system of a puppy works very quickly. Be aware that 15-30 minutes after they eat, they will need to urinate and defecate. You must keep him on a schedule and regularly take him outside.

  • Always make sure the dog has a place to relieve himself that smells familiar, and he feels safe.
  • Take him outside each morning at the same time and to the same place. Also take your puppy outside after he wakes from a nap. He will get used to it quickly.
  • If you get angry when your puppy urinates and poops everywhere, he feels it.  This will stress him out, and he will not learn.  You must use a friendly voice, and be patient when you train your puppy.
  • After your puppy has successfully gone outside, it is important to reward his good behavior.
  • Do not punish your pet if he does it outside the permitted area. Just quietly remove the puppy to the place where you want him to go.
  • If you want your puppy to learn a habit, you have to establish a routine by taking your puppy outside to the same general area and at the same time.

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There are times that you will find it necessary for the dog to learn to calm down and sit.

How to teach it:

  • Hold a treat very close to your dog’s nose.
  • Move your hand upwards, and let his head follow the treat.
  • While his head moves up, his bottom will lower.
  • After his bottom is on the floor, say the word “Sit” and reward him with the treat.
  • You need to repeat this several times every day until your dog masters it. After that, ask your dog to sit during other situations, such as before mealtimes or during a walk.

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“Come“  the most basic and important command is not only important for behavior reasons but for safety reasons as well.

How to teach it:

  • Always put a leash and a collar on your dog.
  • Bend down to your dog’s level, and say ”Come” while gently pulling on the leash.
  • After he comes, reward him with a treat and affection.
  • After your dog has mastered the command, remove the leash and practice it in a safe area.

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The “Leave it“ or ”Drop it“ command is useful if you want your dog to stay away from food or other objects that are on the ground.  This command is especially important when your dog is outdoors.

How to teach it:

  • Put a treat in both hands.
  • Enclose your fist and show your fist with the treat inside, and say “Drop it.”
  • Let him then lick, sniff, mouth, paw, and bark to try to get it while you ignore the behaviors.
  • After he stops trying and ignores the treat, give him the treat from the other hand.
  • Continue to repeat until your dog moves away from that first fist when you say ”Drop it.”
  • Only reward him with the treat when he moves away from that first fist and looks up at you.

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The “Stay“ command will teach your dog to remain calm in different situations, such as running after another animal or jumping on guests in your home.

How to teach it:

  • Make sure your dog has already mastered the ”Sit” command.
  • Simply open the palm of your hand in front of you, and say “Stay.”
  • Take two steps back, and then reward the dog with a treat and affection if he stays.
  • After awhile, slowly increase the number of steps you take, and always reward your dog, even if he only stays just for a few seconds.

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It is very important that your dog has his own place to sleep. It’s also important to train him to go to this area at will.

What to do:

  • Make sure you provide your dog with a comfortable and warm bed.
  • You can add blankets and pillows to make it even more comfortable.
  • Just lead him with a treat or his favorite toy to connect a positive reward with his sleeping place. The dog must “feel” that he is choosing the sleeping area. When you force him to go there, he will associate this place with something negative.
  • If you want to share your bed with your dog, wait until he is well trained. You should never let him jump on your bed uninvited.
  • When you decide to change your dog’s sleeping place, be sure he has plenty of food and exercise so he adjusts to a new sleeping area.

 

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