Training your dog is an essential part of your relationship and teaches them how to behave in different situations, reducing anxiety when they encounter new people, dogs and environments. But it can be a challenge, especially when you’re trying to teach your dog a command like “sit” or “stay.”
When it comes to teaching your dog, break behaviors into small, manageable steps. This makes it easier to teach your dog how to perform the behavior correctly, and to remember what you want them to do.
Start by focusing your dog’s attention on your hand and a treat. Once they’ve started paying attention to you and the treat, use your clicker or marker word (like “yes”) to mark the behavior you want them to do.
Repeat this process as many times as necessary to ensure they understand what you want them to do. When you see them performing the behavior consistently, reward them with treats and praise.
You can also try teaching your dog to sit when you give a cue, such as a treat or a voice command. This will make it easier for them to know when they’ve done the right thing and you’re rewarding them with a treat or verbal praise.
It’s important to remember that training your dog is a long-term process, and it takes time to train them to respond to your commands properly. That’s why it’s important to keep sessions short, limit them to 15 minutes and repeat them throughout the day so they don’t get bored or frustrated.