Dogs can be fantastic pets. They can bring joy and laughter into an otherwise basic home life. I couldn’t imagine not having a dog around the house. He’s there to greet you when you come in from work, he’s there when you wake up on a morning, and he is ALWAYS there at meal times! You can enjoy many hours of fun when you own a dog. But sometimes these cute pets can be a bit boisterous and can occasionally cause havoc in the home. How do you deal with an unruly four legged friend? Well a few basic training techniques will make sure you and your dog have a harmonious relationship.
This is a good one for walks. When you are out with your pooch and they start to pull on the lead or rushing ahead of you, it can be hard to keep up with them. To make sure they walk with you and not against you, gently rein them in and grasp the lead tightly. Keep them at the side of your feet and repeat the word heel. Offer a few treats along the way so that they know they are doing something right. This is also good for those who suffer from backache or have trouble walking at a quick pace. You will be able to teach your dog to follow your speed with this command.
If you let your dog out in the garden a lot and he takes ages to come back in, then this will help to bring them in when you want and not when they choose to. Next time you let them out in the garden and you call their name and they won’t come in, follow this technique. While they are out, make a noise which they are familiar with and one he can associate with something he likes. You could try shaking a bag of treats or squeezing a squeaky toy to get his attention. Once they are in, say the word ‘Here’ and give them a treat or give them the toy you were squeezing.
Sit is a great command for dogs who love to just jump up and steal your food! It is also good for little monsters who like to jump on your house guests. To teach the sit command, all you need are a few treats or their favourite toy. Sit or kneel down on the floor near your dog. Make sure he knows you have a treat or toy in your hand, let him sniff and even lick it. Do this while he is standing and once your dog sits down, say the word ‘Sit’ and let him eat the treat or play with the toy. Repeat this a few times a day until you can say it without the treat.
If you own a dog that loves to bark, then this can be quite annoying at 2 in the morning when you are trying to sleep. It can also disturb neighbours so it is a good thing to teach your dog for a happy neighbourhood too. Whenever your dog starts to bark, say the word quiet. When he stops that is when you hand him a treat, if you don’t have any treats to hand, you always pat him on the head or give him a toy to play with instead. Do this whenever he starts to bark which could be once a day or once a month, but eventually your dog will get the message.
Of course there are many more commands you can teach your dog, but these are just a few useful ones that will help to keep your home and pets, happy and content.
Claire Hunter is a blogger who writes on a wide range of topics. These subjects include lifestyle, home, families, fashion, pets, animals and more. This latest post highlights the important of having a well trained dog in the home. For more pet blog posts and advice, Claire recommends checking out the Millbry Hill blog.