When dogs are between the ages of 5 months and 8 months they are the perfect age for training. Having lots of energy can make having control of a young dog difficult.
If your dog has basic obedience skills it will allow you to have more control. Walking to heel on the lead without pulling, sits, stay and down will become easy. Walking to heel off the lead and recall around distractions requires high control. Training will stimulate a dog mentally and physically which will help control your dog’s energy having a calming effect.
Training your dog will also help the both of you bond and gain trust. Finding out what motivates your dog will help you with training. Most dogs are food oriented and will do anything for a treat. Find a treat one your dog really enjoys and use it tactfully. Other dogs love attention, positive attention; stroking and making a fuss of them will really encourage the behaviour you want.
Keeping your dog focused during training sessions, giving them regular break where they can play. This release will ensure you get the most concentration out of your dog, also teaching the difference between work and play times. Finally ending training sessions on a positive note will help the dog associate training with positive behaviour.
Consistency is the keep when it comes to dog training so keeping up with it on a regular basis. The importance of communication with the dog and timing of correction and rewards will ensure that your dog is obedient. Obedience at it best will be present not just around the house but when out walking around distractions too!
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