Dog Obedience Training: Graduating from the Basics
Teaching dogs to play tricks requires a lot of patience and perseverance on your part as its trainer. You will also require tons of hard work and dedication in making sure that your training sessions are consistent all throughout. Getting your dog to sit, lie down, and roll over can really bring a big smile across your face.Imagine if you can have your dog obey more advanced commands and perform more advanced tricks then you have a dog that is sure to draw crowds from your neighborhood. The whole idea about dog obedience training is to get your dog to comply or ‘obey’ to your instructions or commands. But, there is a catch. Your dog must be able to comply with your commands consistently and accurately each and every single time you issue a certain command in order for your dog to be considered a really obedient pet.Since dog obedience is directly related to his understanding of advanced commands, it is therefore imperative that you train your dog to respond appropriately when given these commands.
Although many will consider the stand command as basic because all dogs naturally stand on their four feet, this is considered an advanced command necessary for conformation assessment. Dogs need to learn to stand in the correct way either to pose for a picture or to ascertain its conformation to breed standards during dog shows. It is the fundamental command necessary to introduce the concept of stack to your dog. Stack refers to the especially unique standing pose that is expected during dog shows.
In the place command, you are teaching your dog to remove himself from his current location and move towards a designated area. He is to stay in this designated area until you call him back. This is especially useful in situations when you are expecting guests in your home. Your dog understands that when you command him the phrase “place” he will immediately go to his designated waiting area and remain there until your guests have left and you already have time to play with him. It is also beneficial when you simply want an alone-time.
A tactile form of command, touch teaches your dog to move his nose and touch your hand or even an object that you want him to touch. This is especially useful in dog shows that test their agility. In these types of dog competition, dogs are required to run a course and touch specific items or spots in the agility course in order to obtain scores. The touch cue also has practical applications. It is particularly useful when you need to point your dog in a certain direction without the need for coercion or the application of force. One classic practical use is when you are walking on the street and you want your dog to move to your other side, you simply show him your hand and point to the direction of your other side.
As in any training, especially with dogs, positive reinforcement in the form of verbal and tactile praises and high quality nutritious doggie treats is a must. Having the patience and consistency of training is also very important to make sure that your dog will graduate his advanced obedience training with flying colors.