In many ways more than one, owning or taking care of a pet, specifically a Golden Retriever, has its similarities with parenting. Home is the good place to start obedience training of your dog. When you bring a new dog home, make sure he is comfortable around you. He lets you touch him and give attention to you.
There is no actual rule book to it, but there are ways and techniques to help you become a better trainer or leader.
Training for obedience can be beneficial for both the pet-owner and pets themselves.
Whatever the training techniques employed it should firmly be established to strengthen a close and appropriate relationship with your pet.
This type of training initiates a clear line of communication between you and your dog. Understanding the behavior of your dog under all circumstances and him respecting you for what is expected of him. And ultimately, it prevents the development of unacceptable behavior in your dog.
A dog who goes through obedience training offers you the desired benefits:
- It Eliminates confusion – your dog knows his place in your life and truly understands what is right and wrong.
- It builds Confidence – you will feel relaxed and confident that your family, friends and kids are much safer around your dog that goes through obedience training. Your dog has confidence because he is accepted.
- It establishes leadership in you – your dog will look up to you as his strong and fair leader who looks up to you for guidance. It reduces dominance struggle with him.
What are the dangers or risk of not having the obedience training?
An untrained dog is a risk for he can never be close to his pack (you and your family) because he doesn’t know what is expected of him. It creates that is unwanted aside from always challenging your leadership. This is not good for you and most especially for your poor dog.
Basic training techniques:
The best person to perform these tasks is you – the owner. He looks up to you for leadership.
When your dog accomplishes what is expected of him, give him praise and reward. Repetition of command and the desired result is very important. Correct your dog ONLY if you caught him in the act of doing wrong. Do not punish him for doing what he has not been trained for.
Know your dog. Find out what objects he likes to play with (e.g. ball, throwing stick, etc.) and food he likes to eat. These are some factors that motivate your dog.
Training your dog to sit, stay and where to take the toilet are the main (and easy) tasks for a dog which you can have command or guidance to.
Dog training – Sit
Almost always, the first step of training your dog is commanding him to ‘sit’. Training your dog how to sit is an application of control over him especially if your dog likes to run through the door when it is open or jumps to new arrivals.
When your dog is about to sit or is in the act of sitting, in a firm a clear tone say ‘sit’. When he does it give him praise and a reward. In this way he associates your command to his act of sitting.
Your dog will learn quickly. Be consistent. Repeat the process until your dog understands what you are asking him to do.
Praise and reward your dog every time he sits at your command. Attention praise and treats is what he craves from you.
Dog Training – Stay
Your dog now responds to sit and down command. The next step is training your dog to stay. He might sit by your command but ounces up afterward then run and play. It would add valueto additional training if he can be made to “stay.”
This training is difficult at first because your dog is used to following you around and it is his nature in a pack. This type of training should be done at in a place with fewer distractions, familiar to your dog and only for a few minutes.
- Place your dog in a position where you would like him to stay and stand directly in front of him. ( use sit, down and stand basic commands ). If your dog is in that position for a second or two, give him some praise and a treat. It is a reward for the behavior you expect from him. After his reward it is alright if he runs off
Repeat the process. Hold off the reward for 2 or3 seconds until you give the release signal.
- Add a verbal and hand signal to # 1. This time when you give the command to stay accompany it with a hand signal. A stay command is done with a hand signal with your palm facing out towards your dog. With this, he now associates the verbal command to stay and staying in one spot.
- Apply the training in other locations. Like when you want him to stay for you want to pick up mail and items from your mailbox or you want to enter a grocery and you want him to stay. Add situations or places in your training until he is used to you issuing the stay command. Practice throughout the day.
Do not forget to praise and reward your dog.
Toilet Training Your Dog
Majority of pet owners don’t have their dog potty trained. When you bring home a new dog and is not potty trained then you are left to do the “clean – up”.
It is now a challenge for you to do the ‘dog potty training”. Make sure your dog has some basic obedience training before jumping into this.
When you take your dog outside of your house for a walk or even around the grounds, take note of the spot where he needs to perform his duties. It is a very important step in the dog potty training process.
Every time you noticed that your dog is sniffing around or just walking funny. Take him to the same spot or if it has been a few hours just walk him around.
When he goes to the potty spot to perform his duties, say it with a command whatever it is to you. Give him praise and a treat for it. Praise is important to a dog even in potty training. This requires a repetition until he does it without you around.
As you get to know your dog deeper into the training and recognizing your leadership skills, always remember to be consistent in your commands; praise and positive reinforcement. Phase the rewards gradually as he masters his trainings. You can still give treats now and then as dogs love it.