Have you ever heard someone complain about their dog and how bad their behavior is? They blame the breed of the dog, “oh, that’s just how Pit Bulls are”, or they blame their dogs intelligence, “he’s not the smartest of dogs”. They make up any excuse they can to explain why their dog does the bad behavior that it does. The truth of the matter is that training a dog is actually an extremely simple process that just takes a few minutes every day.
The first thing that you’ll need to know before you train your dog is what you want to train them to do. Dogs are amazingly intelligent creatures, but it’s easier for them to focus on one task at a time. That’s why bloodhounds are so good at what they do, because they are not easily distracted. So figure out what you first want to train your dog to do. Let’s say, for example, you want to train your dog to sit on command. Now that you know what you want your dog to do, you can move onto the actual training.
In order to train your dog to sit, you need to give him incentive to do so. This means having a treat. You don’t have to purchase lots of dog biscuits, although those work fine, things like mini-marshmallows, or even dry cat food or kitty treats, works beautifully. To teach him to sit you simply have to hold the treat just above his nose and say the word “sit”. He’ll sniff up at the food without understanding what the phrase means. It’s also good to use a hand gesture as well, as dogs are very visual creatures. Repeat the phrase sit, and the hand gesture, while holding the treat over his nose. If he doesn’t sit immediately it’s okay to gently push his bottom down to the ground. The minute he sits, give him the treat and praise him up. Repeat this a few times a day, with the treats, and sooner than you realize you’ll have a dog that sits on command.
Once your dog is able to master one skill, it’s time to move on to another, then another, then another. All it takes to train your dog to be the perfect dog is some treats, some time, and a whole lot of patience.