Of all pets, dogs are known to be the closest ones to humans; thieves included. In the thieves’ case, the dog is even much closer, only that instead of licking: it bites! Dogs record history daily by being babysitters, walking the blind, saving people, going on rescue missions, and keeping us safe. So loyal are these pets that they will deliver drugs for their cunning masters.
In the light of these, establishing an early union with your dog is quite an importance. To assist in this, here are the three basic tricks you can use to train your dog to make your pet obey you.
- Try and level yourself with the dog by squatting or kneeling.
- Hold a treat next to its muzzle (nose) and as it stretches to get it, raise it out of reach.
- When its behind has touched the ground, let it have the treat and say the words, “sit.” Appreciate it with hugs, pats, or lovely words.
- Repeat this severally especially during meal or games time.
- Make your dog accustomed to dragging the line attached to his collar.
- After it is comfortable with it, hold the line and follow the puppy wherever he goes.
- At some point, say the word, “come” then stop immediately and go backwards gently. When the dog turns around and follows you, reward it with a treat and encourage it in a way of your choice.
- Repeat this until the puppy is tired or bored. Then wait for another appropriate chance.
- Hold its favorite snack in your hand.
- With a clasped hand, let the dog smell, but not get the treat. As he lunges forward to receive it, move your hand down until it reaches the floor. The dog’s head should be on the ground as well.
- Once on the floor, move the hand forwards and away from the dog. As it moves its head to follow your hand, the body will stretch out.
- When the dog is stretched out flat, release the treat and say the word, “down.”
- Repeat the command until the puppy enjoys it and can do it without receiving a snack.
These are only the basic skills that a dog needs to learn. More complex commands may require extra time or professional assistance.