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Free Dog Training Tips

Updated on December 4, 2009

Teach your dog many tricks

Free tips on dog training
Free tips on dog training

Free Dog Training Tips

How do you train a dog to sit, stand, lie down, roll over, or anything else you want to teach your pet?

With free dog training tips you have your dog trained in no time.  A lot of people know the right way to train a dog, they just don't know how to implement those tips. The commands are all the same. Sit is the easiest act for any dog to do. It is a natural occurrence that you have to teach a dog to do on a spoken word. Unfortunately, dogs are not capable of spoken language so they have to learn the sound of the word in association with an action. In sitting, the action (if the dog is a puppy) is a simple finger raise.

When the dog is a puppy it learns behaviors and actions just like a child. First thing you need to do is get the dogs attention. Then point your finger at them while raising your finger above their head. The dog will follow your finger, causing its head to rise. They naturally sit down at this point. The single most important thing for you to do in training your dog is to award the dog with affection once they do what you want them to do. The worst thing you could do is to scold the dog for not doing what you want.

Once your dog starts to get this action down and associate the finger movement with the sitting down and subsequent shower of affection, you can then introduce treats. Use periodical treats. I define periodical treats, as treats given on a random basis. For instance, this can be every third time of every second time. Do continue to give affections to your pet every time they do the desired act. After a while you should start to introduce the actual command. Use the command in conjunction with your action, in this case raising your finger. It is also very important that you have the dog’s attention each time you train them. Make the training short, like two or three times, at most per session. Dogs and especially puppies have really short attention spans.

Older dogs can be trained in the same way except for the finger pointing. When dogs are older they usually won’t lift their heads until they sit, they’ll move in order to see what you are doing. I recommend using small treats to start with. Small treats should be given every time you are training the dog and they do what you request of them. Treat them and be affectionate by petting and telling them what a good dog they are. If you need to, you can show them what sit is by holding a treat in one hand and gently pressing on their back ends with the other. Raise your treat hand while pressing down on their hind quarters. Do not shove the dog into the sitting position because they won’t understand that. The whole time you are doing this you need to say the command of “Sit”. Once they start to understand you can give them less of the treats. Eventually you can stop giving them the treats all together. The most important thing to do is to give them affection every time they obey the command.

Sitting is the basis for all the other commands and tricks you could train the dog for. Lying down for example should start with sit. As the dog sits down quickly lower the treat to the floor in a sideway arc. From center of the dogs view to the extreme left or right. While you are doing this say the command. The dog may stand back up to get the treat but be patient. If you are having trouble with this command you may have to show the dog what you want them to do. That does not mean you should lie down, that means you should lay the dog down. Be gentle with the dog to ensure that they don’t think they are in trouble. Pet the dog continuously while laying them down. Repeat the command over and over so they understand what you are doing. Then award them with the treat and words of affection. Do this about two or three times each session and they will quickly pick it up.

Teaching them to stand is a trick that can start with them being on all fours or sitting. Hold the treat high above their heads but even with your shoulders. With your other hand palm up, raise it up. If they don’t understand that use your body language to show them what to do by pretending to jump. You can also assist them up or you can pat your chest. They will undoubtedly understand that and do it. When the dog goes up to its hind legs it will use you as balance. If this is the desired effect you had in mind then hold the treat in the dog’s sight while giving affection then give them the treat. If that is not what you want then step away from your dog until they either go back down or stand on their own two feet.

While you are training your dog to do anything patience is the most important thing. You must give affections to your dog every time it does what you want it to. Affection is more important to training a dog than treats are. Patience, affection, treats, and firm commands are the basis to training your pet.

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