|Barked: Tue Nov 18, '08 8:59pm PST |
|Regarding Commands and Training. The proper way to train your pup the "sit" command is to ALSO train a "release" command. Often people are happy enough to see their dog sit on command, but forget to teach the release portion. "Sit" should be sit and stay until the next command. I'd start with getting a pup to stay when lying down because it is slower for them to get up and move, than compared to just sitting.
Before playing mind games get the basics down. They also make it much easier to take your dog more places too. Sit, Stay, Down, Come, Heel, and a universal attention getter (correction) sound such as "Pssht," clicker, clap, finger snap, whistle, or verbal release command are invaluable.
I went a little farther and visually trained Basia with subtle hand motions. As an example, along with the "stay" command I make a two finger pointing motion. Now I can just hold two fingers out at anytime, and she will stay where she is.
The key to this sort of training is consistency. If you have multiple family members, get together and use the same reward/correction techniques. Teaching my Aussie not to chase or follow on command was NOT easy. With all training, when you find yourself get frustrated, remember do something else for a bit, and try it again and again.
Have fun, good luck!
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