5 Quick tips on Dog Training.
Teaching a recall. Don’t wait till your off lead walk is over before calling him back to you. Periodically call your dog back during the off-lead walk and put him back on the lead again for a few steps then let him off to run free. that way he won’t learn that when you call him the walk is over and its time to go home.
If using treats to reward your dog, remember to use a higher value treat than the one you give him on a day to day basis just for being a good companion. If your dog values the treat you give him when you reward him for doing something difficult the chances are he will repeat that behaviour to see if he gets the same high value treat again.
If your dog reacts to the brush when grooming, hold a carrot or raw hide chew in one hand and let him chew on it whilst you run the brush over him with your other hand. That way you distract him from the brush and give him a pleasant association every time you brush him.
Use dinner time to reinforce those difficult to master behaviours like ‘down’, ‘stay’ or ‘come when called’. The dog’s dinner is the ultimate high value reward and he’s more likely to give you the behaviour in return for his dinner.
Mentally exercising your dog is just as important as physical exercise. If you feed your dog dry food and you have a private secure garden, then consider spreading your dogs dinner around the garden rather than feeding him from his bowl. You can turn it into a hide and seek game which will occupy him for up to half an hour and improve his digestion. In inclement weather you can spread it round the kitchen floor. He will take ages finding it to make sure he hasn’t missed any.
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