Training a new dog is important for both you and your dog. It helps keep everybody safe and it’s much better for a dogs’ well-being – an untrained dog is far more likely to be anxious, depressed, and even aggressive.
There are many dog training centres all over the UK, but it’s fairly easy to do it yourself. These tips will get you started:
Dog training basics
Teaching your dog to sit is pretty easy, so it’s a good place to start their obedience training.
- Start by holding a treat close to your dog’s nose
- Start raising your hand up. Your dog will follow the treat with their eyes until they’re in the sitting position.
- Once they’re in the sitting position, say “sit” in an enthusiastic tone. Then give them the treat, followed by lots of affection and positive praise.
Put aside 5-10 minutes each day and repeat the process until your dog sits by voice command alone. It’s a simple trick and a solid foundation for the rest of their training.
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