Happy New Year! Did you know that January is National Train Your Dog Month? Fido is a very good boy, but he does need some guidance when it comes to learning the do’s and don’ts of proper petiquette. If your pooch hasn’t finished his education yet, read on! In this article, a Bend, OR veterinarian offers some tips on training your canine companion.
You don’t have to teach your furry bff to fetch your slippers or put his toys away, but he should know basic obedience commands. The five most important ones are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. Leave It is also useful, as is the Down command. Work on these one at a time.
Out of the commands we’ve listed above, most people find it easiest to start with Sit, just because dogs often pick it up so quickly.
Dogs really thrive on consistency. Try to work with Fido at the same time every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Fido’s education doesn’t need to stop once he’s mastered those basics. Many pups love learning new things! It’s great for their confidence, and also helps strengthen that special bond between you and your canine friend. Move on advanced training. Or, just teach your furry friend some cute tricks.
Man’s Best Friend doesn’t have a very long attention span, except perhaps when bacon is involved. Don’t bore your cute student with long classes. About 10 to 15 minutes per session is plenty.
There are many different tactics and schools of thought when it comes to training dogs. Do some research, and see what works for you. We strongly advise sticking with those that focus on positive reinforcement (aka treats and rewards). Negative reinforcement, such as shock collars, should only be used by professionals, if at all.
A gold star or a card with an A on it probably won’t impress your canine buddy very much. You know what will get his attention? Treats! Use small snacks, so you don’t accidentally overfeed your adorable student. Praise is important, too!
Are you having trouble teaching Fido? Is your pooch showing signs of aggression, or just not obeying you? Reach out to a professional behaviorist!Do you have questions about your dog’s behavior? Contact us, your local Bend, OR animal clinic, today!