When we first get our new puppy or a dog from rescue, we usually want to know what type of training, if any, the dog knows. Sit is about the very first thing a dog learns so many dogs know this one, even puppies. But as we move thru life with our dogs it is awfully helpful for humans to be ready to direct the dogs from one place to another.
Having your puppy pulling on leash is bad habit that desires correcting right away. This behavior makes for annoyed owners and possibly wounds the dog’s neck. There is a technique to modify this behavior.
Wouldn’t it be convenient if our dogs could change direction or wait for a few minutes whilst we made our way to the vehicle, round the block or even in the house? Having a dog dart across a busy street is scary and deadly. That is something that occurs too regularly and can be curtailed.
My dog trainer, John Spieser, says that the first two commands he teaches a dog or a puppy are “wait” and “this way”. Using these 2 commands he will be able to get a dog to go nearly anywhere he needs them to and keep him safe along the way. This is also used to get a dog to stop pulling on the leash.
The command “wait” is easy to teach your dog. For some reason, wait, feels non permanent to a dog so he is more willing to wait there than to “stay” somewhere for ages. “Wait” is good for street corners. Tell your dog to “wait” at the corner whilst traffic passes. Or maybe your dog desires to wait while another dog, kids, bikes or whatever passes by. Perhaps you need him to wait for his food. No matter what the reason, the dog learns that it is only a short lived situation, shortly to be followed by the release ( which is rewarding) and possibly more certainly stimulating for the dog.
The “this way” command is much better than come. The recall or “come” command tends to get over used and dogs may get resentful after hearing it often. Using “this way” allows the dog to keep moving but in a different direction. If your dog is running away from you and does not come back to the everyday recall command of “come”, then try implementing “this way” into your coaching routine. A dog hears this as a chance to please and still keeps moving. It’s much less restrictive to the dog and it is truly simple to teach this to a dog.
For better communication with your dog, try dog coaching commands that teach your dog how to move with you without being too restrictive. Consider making “wait” and “this way” a first part of your repertoire.
These two commands are successfully used in changing the leash pulling behavior too. The two dog behavior training commands that make the most sense are ones that give you a lot of flexibility with your dog.
Get your dog or puppy moving where you want him using these two dog training commands. Stop dog pulling on leash. Listen in the free audio from my dog instructor John Spieser. A video program is available also.
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