Read on if you are ready to train your dog to do anything. Even though you are going to find it a bit overwhelming training your dog at the beginning, with a little bit of determination and perseverance, you should be able to get the job done. Keep in mind that training your dog is a big task that you should break down into a few steps. Here is a brief look at how you can train any dog to do anything.
Define target behavior
This is the first step and a very important one. Be sure to define the exact way you expect your dog to behave. In fact, it pays to have a specific plan in mind before proceeding any further. If you want to train your dog to sit, then you have to ensure his/her behind touches the floor on command. You can also teach your dog how to close the door with his/her nose. Finally, you have to teach your dog to retrieve objects. For this, you have to train him/her to go to the object, pick it up, and then return with the object. Once he has come to you with the object, he should hold it until you remove it from his grasp. Keep in mind that this last training exercise involves four different steps.
Set up the situation
It is important to set up the situation for it to be successful. There are two things to keep in mind including the dog and the environment. Training requires motivation and you also need to ensure that you schedule the training project around his/her feeding time. Once you learn what your dog likes best and you also need to ensure that your dog is able to learn his/her lesson.
Distractions are to be avoided as they interfere with the dog’s training. So, make sure you train your dog in an environment where there are no distractions and also make sure you do not try to train your dog in a busy place.
Mark the target behavior
The next skill that you need to teach your dog involves marking the target behavior precisely. At this point, you are ready to define the dog’s behavior. For that, you need to be sure about what exactly you wish to teach your dog, where to teach your dog and how to teach the dog. Good timing is also important. Be sure to time your command properly as good timing is critical to training your dog. Give the command and/or signal at the right moment, which should be neither too soon nor too late.
Add the cue
Another way to train your dog to do anything involves adding the cue. You need to ensure your dog consistently obeys your command. This is a sign that he/she has been trained properly. To test whether your dog is trained properly, you need to use a cue. If he/she obeys the command on cue, your dog is properly trained. You should also learn how to use prompts. It pays to choose your prompt properly. It could be a verbal prompt or a non-verbal prompt. Normally, your dog learns verbal commands first.
Following these steps will help you train your dog to do anything. Be sure to introduce variety and keep in mind that your dog is an excellent learner. To train your dog, at first, you need to use the same object. Later, you can use variety. Be sure to reward your dog every time he/she obeys your commands
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