Right from the first day that your dog spends in the family, it demands an attention and education just like a child. If you do not want to become your dog’s slave but a reputable owner and good friend, you should know the first steps in dog training.
The owner of puppy has to put behaviour basics that are adapted to the owner’s rhythm of life. Remember that puppy should not change and determine its owner’s habits! Although the puppy training takes time, patience, and strictness, every dog owner has to understand that it is a long-term investment in its relationships with the animal in the future.
If it is the first dog that you own or you do not have enough practice in training of animal, it is recommended to involve an instructor, but in order to teach behaviour basics, the instructor can be replaced with the experienced dog breeder.
When the dog is six months old, and it has acquired basic commands, you can start more serious dressage, at this time using services of professional trainers. If it is possible, starting from the four months of age, you can take your dog to the training courts and participate in training of obedience. It is not serious but very valuable experience because it provides an opportunity of socialization. There your dog can learn to get along with other brothers of its species, and you can see how they learn commands, facilitating your learning process.
The first most important commands
- Command “Sit”:
As experience shows, this is one of the easiest commands to teach, therefore it is best to start the training with this command.
- Command “Come”:
This command usually helps to keep a dog out of some trouble, bringing it back to you if you, for example, accidentally leave the front door open or lose a grip;
- Command “Down”:
This command may seem simple, but actually it can be one of the most difficult commands in dog training because the position of this command is a submissive posture. You can help by keeping training relaxed and positive, especially if your dog is fearful or anxious.
- Command “Stay”:
Before you start to teach this command, make sure that your dog is an expert at the “Sit” command, as they are quite similar.
- Command “Leave it”:
This command can help to keep your dog safe in different situations, for example, when it smells something tempting but possibly dangerous on the ground.