I have had three dogs in my life, and I’ve loved them all dearly. My first two, sadly, aren’t living anymore. But my new puppy, Jada is alive and surprisingly sharp. Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to train your puppy based off of my experience.
1. Start training your pooch as a puppy. If you ever heard the song by K. Michelle – “You can’t raise a man”. It’s the same way with a woman and a dog lol. Once your dog is grown it is going to be harder to raise him or her. So it is best to start while they are young pups. When I brought Jada home she was 6 months and the most stubborn puppy I have ever seen. She would not do any command I told her but when she could not have her way; she eventually came through.
2. Don’t let your dog have its way. A puppy, or a dog for that matter, is just like a child. It likes to play, it depends on you, and you have to feed it. Take all distractions away from your dog. Such as toys, food, treats, other animals, and people. For my dog I took away every toy and treat she had but put it in visible view. She had to do what I said if she wanted the reward. It only took a few hours for her to comprehend me and complete my objective. And the next day for her to do repeatedly.
3. How smart is your dog? Dogs do some really dumb, unusual things that most humans don’t understand. I used to work with a guy who said that his dog did not understand stairs or steps. That’s really unusual because I thought all dogs learned that skill as a puppy. Some dogs are really smart; knowing how to achieve human tasks that most dogs can’t. Some can even be smart enough to turn a door knob and open the door. To test to see how intelligent your dog is toss a towel or old shirt across their head and see how long it takes them to get it off. If your dog runs in circles and takes forever then your pup might not be so bright. If they get it off immediately or really fast your dog has some sharp wits. But there are other tests to end result your dog’s intelligence; they are found all over the web.
4. Let your dog explore a bit. If you keep a tight leash on your dog (speaking figuratively) they will be prone to disobey more and more because they can never get their way. Just let them explore a bit and get used to the environment. The more your dog is exposed to the more he will learn.
5. Training with doggie treats. Dogs love food so why not reward him with a treat for their efforts. Say your command, make it short one or two words. Move his or her body to the objective of the command. For example: Say sit and push their back legs down until they are in the sitting position. Keep repeating the same thing until they do it by themselves.
6. Training without treats. It is good to train your pooch with treats but once you got him to do it, try it without treats. The reason why I say this because they will always be expecting the treat. Say the command while holding the treat. Get him to do the task at least 5 times before giving him the treat. But don’t tease your dog.
7. Give your dog physical commands as well as verbal commands. For example: When I tell Jada to sit i point directly down. When I tell her to lay I close my palm and lower it to the ground. When I tell her to get up I close my palm and raise it in the air. Do not go over more than one trick at one time. Your dog already has a hard time understanding you so you don’t want to confuse them.
With these steps you will teach your dogs numerous tricks. Remember to be patient and keep your dog attentive and you will be much appreciative of what you taught your dog. In closing, they will be just as happy to please you.