Having your dog trained can be helpful when faced with battling problem behaviours. It’s also an important part of a dog’s life; enabling them to socialise and interact without disruption. The younger you train your pooch the better, but there’s no “wrong” time to start.
There aren’t many supplies needed for training your dog, and with a positive attitude, it can be a fun activity for both of you!
The one thing you will need is treats. Positive reinforcement is the key to successful dog training, and nothing says positive reinforcement like treats. Pooch & Mutt’s Brain & Train wheat-free treats include chicken, ginkgo biloba and coconut oil. Ginkgo biloba is traditionally used as a memory and concentration aid, as it is thought to increase blood supply to the extremities – including the brain. Coconut oil is a source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are converted into ketones, which act as an energy source for the brain.
So with some brain boosting treats at the ready, here’s some tips to get you started with your training.
- Clicker Training
Clicker training is a popular way of using positive reinforcement to train your dog – and positive reinforcement is the key to successful training. Rewarding wanted behaviour makes the learning process enjoyable for your dog, which means training is more effective. Although clicker training is not a necessity when training your dog, many people find it helpful.
- Have some of your Brain & Train treats handy. Press the clicker, and give your dog a treat straight away. Repeat this action up to 10 times.
- One you think your dog is responding to the clicker, you can move on to teaching them basic commands, such as “sit” and “down”.
- At the exact moment your dog responds to the command, press the clicker and follow with the treat and praise.
- Obedience Training
Teaching your dog obedience is essential. A disobedient dog can limit the places you are able to take your pooch – and make them a pain to be around! While you might want to take training to an advanced level, at the minimum you should teach your dog to respond to these 3 basic commands:
This action helps you keep control of your dog in any situation, and is an easy one to start with.
- Take a treat, and hold it close to your dog’s nose.
- Allowing his head to follow the treat, move your hand up. This will make him naturally fall into the sitting position.
- Once he’s sitting, say “sit,” give him the treat and follow with praise.
- Hold a treat in a closed fist.
- Hold the hand to your dog’s nose and move your hand to floor, allowing him to follow.
- Slide your hand across the floor, to encourage his body to follow his head.
- Once your pooch is in the down position, say “down,” give him the treat and follow with praise.
Make sure your dog has perfected “sit” before trying this one.
- Ask your pooch to “Sit.”
- Say “stay”, and open the palm of your hand in front of you.
- Keeping your hand in position, take a few steps back.
- If your pooch stays put, reward with a treat.
- Repeat, gradually increasing the number of steps each time. Reward him with a treat and affection if he stays.
- Always reward with a treat and praise if your dog obeys.
With training, keep in mind that the key to success is repetition and positive reinforcement. Be patient and don’t rush the process, it takes time. Remember that your dog is learning and with a calm and encouraging attitude, you’ll help them get there in no time!