When we first get our new puppy or a dog from rescue, we usually want to know what sort of coaching, 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 extremely helpful for humans to be ready to direct the dogs from one place to another.
Having your dog pulling on leash is a bad habit that requires correcting instantly. This behavior makes for frustrated owners and possibly wounds the dog’s neck. There is a way to modify this behavior.
It sure would be convenient if our dogs could change direction or wait for a few minutes while we made our way to the car, around the block or maybe in the house? Having a dog dash across a busy street is frightening 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 two commands he’ll get a dog to go nearly anywhere he needs them to and keep the dog safe along the way. This is also used to get a dog to stop pulling on the leash.
The command “wait” is simple to teach your dog. For some reason, wait, feels temporary to a dog so he’s more willing to wait there than to “stay” somewhere for a long time. “Wait” is good for street corners. Tell your dog to “wait” at the corner whilst traffic passes. Or maybe your dog needs to wait while another dog, kids, bikes or whatever passes by. Maybe you need him to wait for his food. Irrespective of the reason, the dog learns that it is only a short lived situation, soon to be followed by the release (which is rewarding) and probably more definitely exciting 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” permits 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 typical recall command of “come”, then try implementing “this way” into your training routine. A dog hears this as an opportunity to please and still keeps moving. It’s a lot less restrictive to the dog and it is actually simple to show this to a dog.
For more effective communication with your dog, try dog coaching commands that teach your dog a way to move with you without being too restrictive. Consider making “wait” and “this way” a first part of your repertoire.
These commands are successfully used in changing the leash pulling behavior too. The two dog training commands that make the most sense are ones that give you a lot of versatility with your dog.
Get your dog or puppy moving where you would like him using these two dog training commands. Stop your dog pulling. Listen in the free audio from my dog trainer John Spieser.
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