Dog Training Tips, Basic Manners, Important Things, and Tricks

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Introduction: Dog Training Tips, Basic Manners, Important Things, and Tricks

all dogs should be trained to some standard. All dogs should know basic manners. Most dogs should know important things. Some dogs know tricks. I take pride in the fact that my dog is trained to the best of my ability and is always learning. All this is important if your dog is to be around other dogs, and taken out in public. Here I've included training tips and how to teach your dog important things.

Step 1: Heirarchy - a Puppies Place

Dogs should be at the bottom of the heirarchy, you should be at the top. You need to show your dog who's boss! To show your dog that you are "top dog" theres a few simple things that you can do:
Eat before your dog and dont ever feed the dog while you are eating.
When out walking do NOT let the dog walk in front of you. A dog walking in front is a leader. The leader should be you.
Do not let your dog get their food until you say so. Teach your dog "wait" (i will expplain how in this instructable)
If your dog watches you eat, growl at the dog. Yes growl. You might look stupid, but the dog will soon learn to stay away from you while you eat, like they would in the wild.

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Best way to become alpha dog, and I've used this on huskies with serious alpha dog issues: make eye contact, and make them look away. Eye contact is big for dogs. Stare at them. Right in the eyes. Don't look away until they do, and only after they do.

Step 2: Basic Manners

1. Furniture.
If you dont want your dog climbing on your sofas, never allow them on there. From a young age, NEVER let the dog on the furniture. If its too late for that, when a dog jumps on the furniture. As soon as they jump up say "NO!" and take the dogs collar and guide them to the floor. Then go back to whatever you were doing.
2. People.
If your dog jumps up at people, Then it is important to break this habbit. To do this, tell any visitors or members of your household then if the dog jupt up at them, to turn their back to the dog and fold their arms whilst telling the dog "no"
3. Other dogs.
If your dog plain doesnt like other dogs, dont put it in a situation where it will be near them. To avoid this, socialise puppies from a young age, on a lead, and in a calm manner. The only way to do this is exposure to other dogs as much as possible from a young age.
4. Walking on the lead.
A dog should walk on the lead in a calm controlled fashion, and shouldnt pull on the lead. When the dog is a puppy teach it this by pulling it back whenever it goes ahead and saying no. Remember LOTS of praise when the dog is walking well! For adult dogs, this behaviour CAN be corrected. Again with the growling, when the dog pulls growl and say no. Also when the dog pulls stop and turn and walk the other way. Continue to do this until the dog gets the idea.
*BE CONSISTANT*
Also, a note for the owners, Always clean up after your dog!
5. Chewing.
This behaviour is hard to correct, however I'll do my best to explain. Firstly, If you dont want something chewed, keep it out of the dogs way. If they do get anything, show it to the dog, and say "whats this?! bad dog!" and roll up a newspaper and hit THE FLOOR OR YOUR LEG * NEVER HIT THE DOG*

Step 3: Name, Come, Sit and Stay

Teaching a dog its name:
Once you have chosed a suitable name for your dog, you can start to teach the dog its name. Teaching the dog its name is pretty simple, say it to the dog continually, not like "rex, rex, rex, rex" but i imagine that would probably work... But i prefur to use the more personal version, "rex, hello rex come here rex, whos a good rex? your a good rex!" yes, sounds stupid, but it works

Teaching a dog to come.
Start with a short distance, on a lead. Call the dog, then shorten the lead, when the dog gets to you, Treat / favourite toy + lots of praise. Gradually increase the space and loose the lead. It differs for every dog, some learn fast, others take more time. but all will learn eventually/

Sit.
This is pretty easy. Most dogs pick this up. Treats / favourite toy - Highly reccomended.
You can teach a dog sit, by gently tapping the dogs err rump (not too good wording i know)
and saying sit. Also when the dog sits, of their own accord, say "sit, good boy/girl"

I learned a great way to get my puppy to sit, without pushing his rump down. Hold a treat slightly over and behind the snout; the dog automatically sits. Once the dog sits, say SIT and then the treat. Repeat 100 times.. :-)
credit to get_going for this
Stay.
Stay usually goes hand in hand with sit. Hand signals are usually good for stay. hold your hand out flat and say stay firmly. If the dog moves, take them back to the position you told them to stay in and try again. Repeat until the dog stays there for 30 seconds call to you and praise, give treat or favourite toy. Gradually increase the time for 30 seconds to 45, and then a minute, 2 minutes and work up to 5 + minutes

Step 4: Lie Down, Wait, Drop It

Lie down -
Sit is needed for this. So get the dog to adopt the sit position, and hold your hand palm down, and lower your hand slowly and say "lie down", Then lift the dogs front paws and then put them down but, in the lay down position. Once the dog is in the lay down position, LOTS of praise, and treat/favourite toy. Repeat until the dog will lie down of their own accord. Then MORE praise and treat/favourite toy.

Wait -
This includes a treat. The treat needs to go on the floor, when the dog goes to get it, stop the dog and say wait. after 1 minute let the dog get the treat after you say "go on then" . Gradually increase the time.

Drop It -
Drop is VERY important. Imagine if your dog had a cat, or another animal or something important? It is important to teach a dog drop. You will need a teddy or ball or toy of some kind.
give it to the dog. Let the dog play with it for a minute, then call the dog back, take the toy out of the dogs mouth and say "drop it" then throw the toy again and repeat. Throwing the toy again is important so the dog learns that giving it to you is ok, because the dog gets it back again. Although this is not always the case... I recently used this in an "emergency" cassie caught a bird... luckily she didnt hurt it, it was just a bit stunned. But drop is very important for games such as fetch.

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obviously none of the other people who posted owned a wolf hybrid; they do in fact challenge you for 'alpha'..our female did, everyday. She was a tough one to train because of it. But very good tips:) The stay command took a bit, but got it!

I kniw what you mean mine is a real challenge and at times makes me think shes autustic the way she behaves but i love her. No matter how challenging she is .

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i have a spaniel mix he is about 2.5 years old what general tone of voice should i use when traning him should it be authoratative or gentle i dont want him to feel as if he is in trouble but i also want him to learn what i am teaching him

thank you,
fidgety2

This is a bunch of outdated, incorrect information. As knackers said, dogs aren't wolves and they aren't trying to dominate us. In fact, ethologists have studied feral dog populations around the world and have concluded that they do NOT form packs. So pretending to be an "alpha" dog or pack leader will only confuse your dog because these things don't exist in their world.

And forcing dogs to live together in our homes does not constitute a pack.

http://www.jeandonaldson.com/jeans-blog-mainmenu-51/64-are-dogs-pack-animals

I'd encourage people to look at what ethologists are saying about social behavior of dogs and how they best learn. Bullying and intimidating your dog is NOT how they learn best and is a good way to get bitten.

Furthermore, dominant and submissive are not personality traits. Please find out about what dominance actually is before you go around misapplying the term. The article "Social Dominance Is Not a Myth: Wolves, Dogs, and Other Animals" by Dr. Mark Bekoff clears up what dominance and submission are and what they are not.

A dog walks in front of you to get out front. It's not a dominant behaviour. Look at any wild dog pack, including wolves, and the alpha is not out in front, it's mid-pack.

Dogs aren't trying to dominate us. They know we aren't dogs and their hierarchies don't include us. Their social structures aren't so rigid that the alpha is out front all the time. My own alpha dog rarely leads the pack. The only time he leads is when he wants to be chased.

You really don't need to think like a dog to get a dog's respect. I have seven large dogs and they're all well behaved, compete in tracking, and are do volunteer search and rescue work. You don't need to growl at them or force them to drop eye contact. I encourage eye contact with my dogs so they can learn distraction attention - they have to maintain eye contact even if there are other people present, loud noises, food temptations. It's a great way to build a relationship with your dog and they learn to look to your body for direction. As someone else states below, eye contact just indicates attention and interaction, nothing more.

gosh I 'll have to focus on "drop it" my dog picks up so many gross things!

Direct eye contact with an unknown dog or a more dominant dog can be interpreted as a challenge, not something that is needed or necessary to establish leadership. In fact challenges will be seen as an acknowledgement of a status of equality, and is counterproductive!

If seen as a challenge the dog can feel forced feeling trapped, not good!

With a dog that has a good relationship with the person direct eye contact simply represents attention and interaction between owner and dog. My dog sees me as leader and we can hold eye contact as enjoyable for both of us!

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can`t help smiling to myself & how lucky I am to have my dog as my best friend/,He is a smithfield blue heeler.I talk to him as I would to anyone  He has never been (trained ) He just does it .  If I go to the door to leave the house & I say : mate you look after your Mum ,,He will sit on the front porch & wait my return & believe me he will look after his Mum   He is 6 years old & as smart as all getout ,,as they say I have sent this in to see if anyone has something nice to say about living with thier dog  (friend)  His name is "CD "  PS  when I say he isn`t trained ,I mean I just ask him & he does it  But he will back answer in as much ,he may say something under his breath ,,But he does as I ask with no messin about  Thanks for reading this    cddog