Dog Training Commands A good command to teach first is to “Come”. Next you can teach them to “Heel”.
We are often awed at watching fine bird dogs in movies and in action. These finely trained bird dogs never fail to heed their owners’ commands. Then we think – How could this be possible? Perhaps bird dog training can bring out the best in you dog.
Training them to be a bird dog will bring out the best in your dog if you are willing to work consistently with them.
There are some breeds that have a natural lineage, giving them the ability to becoming a good bird dog. Training them in obeying commands could be a good starting ground. Dog training professionals acknowledge the fact that dogs need to understand what command is being used in order to make them respond. In this type of training, there are main commands that should be mastered by both the owner and the dog.
First is for them to learn the “Stay” command.
Teaching your dog to respond to your ’Stay’ command, is very important for them to learn early during training.
As the dog follows these commands completely, it is a clear picture on how obedient and respectful he is to his master. Dogs will express obedience to their master by doing whatever they are commanded to do, even if their master walks a great distance before giving the command.
The ’Whoa’ or ’Easy’ command is useful for dogs that are going too far ahead, when the dog is flushing the bird and the owner wants him to stop, or when the dog wants to play with the bird. When this happens it is easier for the owner to come to the dog and reward him for a job well done.
Commanding them to ’Come’
This is a simple command used to train your dog to come to you every time you give it. This command is one of the easiest to use. A good reason to teach them to come, would be that when retrieving something, they bring it back to you when instructed to do so. Also, there are dogs that are a bit stubborn and may decide to go off in different directions. Giving this command will help cut down on the distance between you and your dog in case he decides to do things his way.
The ’Heel ’Command
Teaching your dog to respond to the Heel command, is used when wanting them to walk by your side.
It is normally matched with another one-word command such as “okay”, or “go” to signal his release. This will let him know that he has performed favorably and he is again allowed to hunt for you.
Each and every time your dog performs correctly for you as he was instructed, always reward or praise him generously. Fine dogs are born with the instinct to please their owners. When you begin to reward your dog in this way, let him know he is behaving correctly and that you want him to continue that type of behavior. Overtime, he will learn to repeat the same desirable actions as long as you allow him to do so.
Bird dog training takes dedication and persistence. This is the reason why there are not many bird dogs around. Always be confident that your dog can become a fine hunter if you do what it takes to make him successful, by showing him patience in teaching him to obey basic commands.