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What Type Of Commands To Use With Your Dog

Aug 17, 2007
Short clear commands along with obvious hand signals are the best means of giving your dog commands. Never repeat your command over and over again, it may only confuse him.

Start by getting his attention, this is best accomplished by saying his name. How you say the command is also important as is your expression, smile when you are pleased and don't grin when you are unhappy.

Your dog is smart enough to pick up on these things, and they should be used in his training. Your posture should be straight with shoulders back, the treat should be held in your closed hand hence he is aware it is sharp.

When calling your dog to you, show welcoming body language, arms open wide to welcome him, and a happy, friendly language all combine to let him know it is good for him to come to you.

Oral commands should be given in a firm voice, not shouted, say no sharply and deeply, in a lowered voice. The no command should be given as he begins to misbehave; this makes him aware that what he is doing is the activity for which he is being told no.

For instance, if he begins to put his paws on you, lower your voice and firmly tell him no. In this, your body language is important, look angry and stand in a commanding stance, ( liking slightly over the dog is a threatening stance ), and you should stand straight.

Support signals should be clear and concise; they allow you to control your dog even if he is at a area by calling his flag and using dramatic hand signals.

A dog will pick up on it if you are becoming bored with a training session, do both of you a favor and be alert.

If you need to end the training session, get his attention, entrust him a power that he can and will follow, and release him from the training session with lots of praise and rewards. Dogs, like people, in some way try to live up to their image, just like a child their image of themselves is what you teach them it is.

A dog that is trained with love, affection and attention entrust do anything in their power, and a little beyond, to please you.

They need attention and interaction with their family, you, to build their image of themselves.

Self - confidence building is as important to your dog as it is to you, spend time with them, help them learn to trust you.

Another way to ravage your dogs self - esteem to tear them down, dogs are not stupid, they understand when you are talking about them in unflattering ways, and it affects them.

Yelling at a dog does no good, when training a dog, your voice should always be well modulated, not loud, and you should never have to yell at your dog to carry them to obey a command.

A dog that is well trained will respond to a whisper, and eventually hand signals. Yelling at them tends to make them nervous, and fearful of you, neither of these things is effective when tough to train your dog.

Training your dog should be pleasurable in that you and your dog, not a daydream! Dogs are sensitive and emotional, regardless of size, this needs to remain at the front of your soul any time you are titanic to train them.

Dogs only learn by their mistakes, blameless approximating humans do, how many things in life did you learn because you did it wrong the first time? Dogs are the same way, they learn by doing something wrong the first time.
About the Author
Garland Choate (GR) is a retired Airline Captain who now publishes articles from the USVI. Find many great articles on dog training at http://www.chocolate.WAHWarriors.com
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