If you are a Dog owner or just thinking about purchasing one, your training has already begun. You have begun by making your dog feel comfortable in your atmosphere and giving him a name and hoping that he will respond to it. Socializing with your dog and getting him used to your tone of voice is another step.
Realizing that a dog is like an infant, we must take time to show your Dog what we expect out of them.
Basic Obedience Training provides a proper foundation of learning which further builds confidence and helps correct in-home problems.
The training consists of functional on leash obedience commands given by voice or hand signal. The dog will be taught to respond on the first command even if surrounded by distractions. Dogs over six months are eligible and no dog is too old. It should be understood that the behavior of your dog comes from many factors, most of which you can control or redirect. A well mannered dog is such because of the way he has been handled and the guidance given in his upbringing.
Understanding that a dog learns only by repetition, association
and by reinforcing proper commands
Basic Obedience is a 20 day's program! The following is a list of commands that are taught in basic obedience.
The Sit Command & One minute Sit /Stay Command:
The sit command is a stationary exercise. The sit position is used anytime that your dog is out of control or misbehaving in an undesirable manner. Two examples would be when company comes to your door and the dog wants to greet them by jumping up, or barking unnecessarily at passers-by on the sidewalk. When the dog is placed in a sit position, on your left side of your leg in the "Control Position", your dog has no choice but to calm down and do what you ask of him. You will use the sit exercise when you are walking or heeling him and you come to a halt. Your dog will eventually automatically sit as you come to a halt.
The sit stay command is a stationary exercise! Upon graduation your dog will be able to sit for one minute with the handler at a distance even when surrounded with distractions.
The Heel Command:
Heeling is simply walking with your dog on your left side, while establishing full control. The dog will be calm and under control without any pulling on the leash. He will be trained to keep his head even with your left leg and to walk on the leash with a loose lead. That is, no tension on the leash unless you are making a correction to bring the dog under control. This technique is an absolute necessity in order to achieve excellent heeling. There is nothing worse than having a dog pull you off balance and causing injury. The heel command will allow you to enjoy a nice walk with your dog; thus making him more pleasant to have, safer and a better companion.
The Down Command:
The Down exercise places the dog in a dropped position on the floor. This command is a submissive exercise. It establishes clearly to the dog that he is the submissive partner in the "Man's Best Friend" relationship or pack order. The down command will easily allow you to establish control and redirect his behavior.
The Come Command & Recall Command:
The come exercise simply teaches your dog to come to you, wherever you are and under any circumstances or distractions. There is nothing worse than chasing your dog around your neighborhood.
The "Recall" command teaches your dog in a control manner to heel by your side and be in the ready position for the next command to be executed. His response should be to stop the forward motion, look back at you and circle back to where you are standing and to sit on your left side or ready position.