How To Train Your Dog

Congratulations, if you are reading this, you have asked yourself how to train your dog. Proper training creates happy, well-mannered dogs and helps effective communication between you and your fur baby.

Our guide has been put together to give you practical help and exercises for every- day life. We want to help you build a stronger bond with your dog that’s built on respect and trust.

Before we start with any exercises there are 3 things that you need to remember throughout your dog training.

TIMING - Dogs live in the present. You need to watch closely to see mistakes or successes when they occur. Praise them or correct them instantly.

MOTIVATION - In simple terms, positive actions make a behaviour, and negative makes it stop. Communicate to your dog with praise and rewards when they are doing well and calmly correct them when they make a mistake.

CONSISTENCY - There is no grey area for dogs. Your training must be very clear. A rule is a rule, resulting in a dog that feels safe. Within very well-defined rules and boundaries.

Our blog covers four basic commands that are useful for your dog to know are. Sit, down, stay and recall.

Treats are a good motivation to start training. We have a range of dog treats that are suitable for training check out our mini sausages.

How to teach your dog to sit

1. Have your dog stand in front of you. how to teach your dog to sit
2. Show them that you have a T.Forrest sausage in your hand.
3. Slowly raise the treat above and over their head towards their tail, and give the command “sit”.
4. They should raise their head as they try and reach for the treat, their bottom should go down into the ‘sit’ position.
5. Once they have sat praise them and give them the treat as a reward.
Do not push their bottom down to make them sit, they will probably push against it.  Use one-word commands to make it clear and not to confuse your dog.

Try one exercise at a time so you don’t confuse your dog and try and master one exercise before moving on to the next.

Once your dog has got the idea of sit.  Try this next command

How To teach your dog to lie flat

teach your dog to lie flat
1. Sit your dog and show him the treat in your hand. 
2. Move your hand slowly down towards the ground in front of them (just in front of their paws), as you use the command “flat”. They should follow your hand with their nose and lay down.
3. When they have performed the command give them the treat and praise them.
Repetition, consistency and patience are key.

How to teach your dog to 'stay'

Teaching your dog to ‘wait’ or ‘stay’ is a simple behaviour to teach and can be really handy, for example asking your dog to stay while you clip a lead onto their collar can make life a lot easier. 

You will need your dog to be well-practiced at lying down on command before moving on to ‘stay’

1. Get your dog to sit and show him the treat in your hand.

2. Take one step away from him as you command him to “stay”. Silently count to to teach your dog to stay

3. Step back to them, treat and praise them. If he gets up, ask him to sit again and repeat.

4. Once he is doing this short ‘stay’ command correctly, gradually increase the distance between you and your dog and/or the time that he is asked to stay.

If he gets up, go back to a stage to a shorter distance or time, and then increase again slowly until he is doing as he is told every time.

How to teach your dog to recall

The command or skill “heel” simply means that your dog must walk directly next to you instead of behind or in front of you.  Your dog will need to keep pace with you, only stopping when you stop and walking when you walk. 

1.  Decide which side you would like your dog to walk on.

2. Hold the lead in the opposite hand – keep it loose (if too tight, your dog may pull into it) Put a treat in the hand nearest your dog.

3. Let your dog see the treat and walk to teach your dog recall

4. As they follow your hand, say “heel” and give them a a little treat.

5. Keep a treat in your hand and keep going. As they keep to your side, say “heel” and give them some more treat. Keep walking forwards.

6. If they don’t keep up with you, or pulls in a different direction, suddenly change direction and encourage them to come with you.

Once you have mastered all the exercises you will now have built a relationship with your dog.  They will know their boundaries and rules.

Well done !!Want to do more?  Download our guide for more tips and games to play with your pooch.
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