Training Dogs the Lazy Way
Have you ever found it difficult to get your dog to do as it is told? Well, today we're going to show you how to train him the lazy way, and get results every time. Our first task is to get the dog to pay attention to us. How many times have you seen someone shout their dog's name with absolutely no response? So, say your dog's name in a moderate voice without shouting, and if he looks at you say something like "Good!" as praise and reward him with a treat. Repeat this a few times, but cutting out the treat on occasions. We don't want an overweight pooch who only does things for food. When this exercise has been repeated successfully several times we can make it harder by getting the dog to pay attention for longer, maybe 15 seconds before praising and giving a reward.
If your dog approaches you in an effort to see where you are hiding any treats it's best just to ignore him. When we've mastered this we can try it in different locations and with different family members calling his name and commanding attention. Just make sure that whoever is in control gives the praise and treat. Calling your dog's name and getting a response quickly and every time is the 1st stage in getting your dog to do almost anything, as once you have his attention you can move onto the next step in your dog's training. From feeding time to going out for walks use your dog's name on every occasion, but remember to be sparing with the treats, and eventually try to cut them down to a minimum as a special reward.
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