Your 'come' command should be something your dog looks forward to hearing, something she has a positive association with. You do this by making it wonderful each she comes to you, make it worth her while. Certainly do not only use the command to call your dog over to snap the leash back on after an off leash run, or to call her away from fun.
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Training your dog will start the first moment you have him.
Take time to create a vocabulary list everyone will use when
giving your dog directions. This will help prevent confusion and
help your dog learn his commands more quickly.
Once home, take him to his toileting area immediately and spend a good amount of time with him so he will get used to the area and relieve himself. Even if your dog does relieve himself during this time, be prepared for accidents. Coming into a new home with new people, new smells and new sounds will throw even the most housebroken dog off-track, so be ready just in case.
- The ideal time to start training is when a puppy is about 6 weeks old
- Praise and reward your dog when he does what is asked immediately after he does it
- Provide appropriate corrective actions to your dog or puppy immediately after he does something wrong
- Use a happy, friendly voice for commands such as come and heel
- Use a lower, firmer voice for stay, down, and sit
- Never hit or swat at your animal when they mess up, as this will only teach them to be afraid of you
- Your dog can sense your emotions, so make sure you go into the dog obedience training with a positive attitude
- 15 minutes at a time is the appropriate time for training for simple commands
- Choose a quiet spot free of distractions for your training sessions, such as the back yard
- Work only on one command at a time, and make sure your dog has this command mastered before moving on to the next command
- Test the commands in different situations and with different distractions to make sure the dog really understands
- Never try to correct a behavior you did not catch in the act, as this will do more harm than good
- Try to incorporate dog training as part of the daily routine, such as having your dog follow a command before you feed him or her
- Be patient while training, despite how frustrating it can become
- Obedience training is a time where you and your pet learn each other�s personalities, and you will be creating the bond that will last a lifetime.