Training tips for your dog

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Teaching your dog to come

Teaching your dog to come when called is one of the most important lessons they will ever learn. When practising recall initially, choose a safe enclosed area such as the backyard and it is a good idea to use a long lead until you are confident that your dog will return to you safely.

Use your dog’s name to get his/her attention. Once your dog is looking at you, face him/her and say “Come” in a happy voice. Take a few quick steps backwards – it usually helps to get down low – and lure him/her towards you using a food reward. When your dog comes to you, reward with the treat and use plenty of praise.

Teaching your dog to sit

When your dog is standing close to you, hold a treat just over his/ her nose and move your hand slightly back over the head. The aim is for him/her to follow the treat upwards and backwards with the nose which will automatically encourage him/her to drop their rear-end onto the ground. As soon as your dog’s bottom touches the ground reward him/her with the treat. Do not try to push your dog into position.

Once sitting every time you lure him/her with a food treat, introduce the word “sit” and just reward with pats and praise, phasing out the food treats.

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