Dogs are born playful and protective. Their nature is to explore, inspect, and recognize all the possible people and things around them. Perhaps, that’s one of their abilities that you can’t suddenly remove. Let’s say it’s part of their natural habits. However, at some point, it can also be annoying, especially when you are trying to do important things. Some owners have established and identified their dogs’ playtime, so it’s easy to manage and handle their companions.
But for other owners, it’s still a mystery how they can let their dog stay even for a second. In reality, for you not to stress yourself out, you’ll eventually get a trainer for you to solve your problem. Yet, in such cases, there’s a time when you need to learn to let them stay on your own. With that, here are some ideas that you can grasp to train your dogs on your own.
Every matter starts with trying on your own, so why not do it first before hiring a professional trainer?
Training your Dog
Stay might be an easy word to say but a hard word to imply, especially with your dogs. It would help if you had enough tricks and treats for them to follow you. Take note that in the first phases, everything will be simple. So, you need to take all your time and even double your efforts to coach your dogs perfectly.
First things first are to ask your dog to stay down. Keep a firm voice utter the word “Stay” while gesturing your hands in front of you (palm facing forward). If your dog stayed during that time, it’s time to acknowledge your dog’s little reward. A quick reminder, don’t give out all the tips to your dog.
Make your companion realize that every time they do the right thing, their rewards increase and get even better. Perhaps, it’s merely like teasing a kids’ attitude. Otherwise, if he or she doesn’t follow your simple “stay” instruction, you better try again or do it for some time. There are times too that you need to match their mood for them to follow you. But then again, this thing shouldn’t happen in all situations.
Moving on to the next phase, after your dog followed the first instruction, it’s time for them to get used to it. Have this command with your dog as a routine. Please do it several times in a week, a month, or so. It’s up to you on how things will go. After a few times, you can follow up with your dog by simple commands and gestures like “Yes,” “No,” or “Stop.” This idea will help your dogs know if you are happy with what they are doing.
The third thing that you should do is instruct them to go “Down” and then take a little step back in your position and say “Stay.” Hold that kind of position for about three seconds or more, and then initiate a reward for being a good boy or girl. Don’t forget to praise your dog for being friendly and obedient to you.
You can increase the time and length of your dog staying and letting him go down after a few weeks. It’s undoubtedly your decision on how things will work out for both of you. However, there might be times when they might not follow your instructions due to their moods. Think back to all the things and advice that you might need to help your dogs get back to the training shape. Please don’t yell at them; instead, you may not give them treats for this time. Undoubtedly, your dog will recall that gesture, and it might not happen again.
Unfortunately, that’s all the advice and tips that we can hand to you now. If you’re finding further tricks to improve your dog’s training, how about watch this video below?
Source: Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution