Your Dog will respond best to consistent commands, repeating set words or phrases for each of the activities you want it to carry out i.e. dogs name & sit, down, stand, come, heel, stay etc. Remember consistent commands get consistent responses. The following activities will help your Dog to become part of your family, a pleasure to be with & that you can take anywhere.
1 Attentive response to Name – so that you get your Dog’s attention so that you can communicate with it more effectively.
2 Play with your Dog – make being with you a pleasant experience for so that it bonds with you. Correct any aggressive behaviour, so your Dog regards you as the pack leader
3 Socialise with other Dogs – socialisation initially with other calm dogs helps to let yours see that they do not pose a threat or make it fearful, and that it is a pleasant experience. This will help reduce any aggressiveness towards other dogs. Aggressive behaviour towards any person or other Dogs is covered by legislation. Click HERE for more information
4 Making friends with unknown people – introduce initially with people you know are dog friendly, so that your Dog socialises with & remains calm with other people.
5 Get your Dog to understand the basic commands of Sit, Down & Stand - practice these movements, with incentives if necessary, so that you can get your Dog to adopt these positions. It will help when you want your Dog to stand or sit quietly for any reason or when it has to be examined by you or at the Vets.
6 Recall – at home get your Dog to come to you when you call, use incentives if necessary, this will form the basis of getting your Dog back to you when out walking.
7 Stays – getting your Dog to stay in one place for short periods to start with is the beginning of getting it to understand the word “stay”, so that it will remain safely in one place, until you wish it to move or return to you.
8 Walking in a controlled manner – Your Dog should learn to walk quietly by your side without undue pulling, otherwise you will not enjoy your walks together. Avoid long leads when “road” training as they could trip you or other people up. Short leads should always be used in this situation so that you have complete control over your Dog. ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 1988 (Part 1 section 27) It is an offence to have a dog on a designated road without it being held on a lead.
9 Food Manners – get your Dog use to taking food or treats from you without snatching. A dog that snatches food is in danger of accidently biting the person who offers it.
This is not an exhaustive list that you and your Dog need to practice, but is the start of the basics that will help owning your pet a pleasant and enjoyable experience.