Dog training can help you to teach your dog to be more well behaved. Learn how to teach your dog to stay until you release her with the following advice. If you want to Read more.
Dog training is exceedingly important. Teaching your dog to stay is not enough on its own; you also need to teach your dog to stay until you release them.
You should take care to reinforce good behavior and to reward as time goes on so your dog obeys without needing a treat. Here is some advice that can help you to continue training your dog.
Release Your Dog With Word “Okay”
Remember to say the release word “Okay” always after you instruct your dog to stay. This word from you conveys the message to your dog that he is no more required to stay and is now free to move around.
It is very important for the learning of your dog that you release him by using the release word. Otherwise, your dog will start releasing himself on his own and get the notion that he is free to move as per his will. This might hamper the progress of his training.
Another thing that you need to tech your dog is that being praised for correct response and being released for moving around are two different situations.
The “Down” Command
The use of praise for your dog shouldn’t be an invitation for them to move. Saying ‘good boy’ is for a response to a command. Praise is with voice commands. You can let him go once your exercise is finished.
It is already entrained in your dog how to lie down, but teaching them to do it on command if you want your dog to lay in place at that very moment and stay until you say it is okay.
These steps will help you in educating your dog as to what this command means. Have your dog sit to your left and put the treat in your right hand. Place a couple of fingers of the left hand through the side of the dog’s collar, palm facing yourself.
How To “Down” Your Dog
Press down on the collar, say “Down” and show her the treat and lower it straight down. If she then lays down, give her the treat she’s been hoping for and let her know she’s done a good job.
She’ll know it’s for going down when you keep the left hand where it is in the collar and don’t touch her with right the right one. You might want to use a table for the exercise, if you have a small dog.
Do the exercise in reverse by first showing her a treat and raising it slowly above her head; applying upward pressure with the collar as she is told to sit. Have your dog lie down at your side five times straight for five times straight for five days, or until she begins to do it on command with little pressure to the collar.
Reinforce Good Behavior
Congratulate and give her a treat each time. Have your dog sit left of your and slip two of your left fingers through the right side of the dog’s collar, palm facing you. Say the word “Down” while putting a downward pressure on the collar of your dog. Your right hand must be ready with the favorite treat of your dog on your right side.
As soon as your dog lies down, reward her with praise and the treat. After you repeat doing this whole process for many days, your dog will start lying down even without the pressure on the collar. Enjoy this learning process along with your dog and always remember to treat her after she correctly responds to your “Down” command.
Do Not Always Reward Your Dog
Gradually as she becomes conversant with this command, start rewarding her randomly instead of rewarding every time. Sit-Stay will be used for shorter periods, as to where Down-Stay should be used for longer ones.
Ordinarily, the Down-Stay is also taught for safety purposes. Take for example, if your dog is across the road from you and sees you, if they try to cross the road, the command Down-Stay will have them wait in place traffic is gone.
The “Go Lie Down” Command
This command’s purpose is to the useful when in close proximity or over a distance. If you’re pointing to the ground from a distance, don’t expect it to work. Training your dog requires verbal commands.
Pointing comes into play with the Down-Stay command. The idea is that the dog will be less likely to move while in the down position. Even so, you will quickly see this command isn’t hard to teach.
The command ‘Go Lie Down’ will come in very useful if you want your dog to stay in a specific spot for a long period of time prior to release. This command should be used at times when you don’t want your dog underfoot. These times would be mealtimes, or when you have guests.
Teach Your Dog Where To “Go Lie Down”
Find a spot where it will be alright for your dog to stay and wait. This could include a bed, crate or chair. If you’re using for example, a dog bed, take your dog to the bed, then command that they ‘lie down’. It may take a few attempts and coaxing them with a treat is always a good idea.
When they accomplish the command, give them a treat, hold the position for a five count and then let him go. Until he lies down on the bed readily, keep repeating. Then, at 3 feet from the bed, command your pet to ‘Go Lie Down’, and using your treats, lure him into the bed.
Congratulate him, give your dog a treat or two, count to ten and then release him, after he lies down. Do this several times a day, increasing the delay between the treat and praise from a 10 count to 30 count.
Teaching This Command May Take A While
You have to do it again. Start by repeating a couple of times what you did in your last session. After that, stand at a distance of 3 feet from his bed and indicate to him to go to bed.
In case he actually achieves the feat, do praise him immensely and then give him his well deserved treat. However, the possibility is more that he would be puzzled by your action and would continue standing in the same place.
Now you have to take him to his bed by putting your finger through his collar. Remember to praise him and to give him the treat after he lies down in his bed. He will start responding to your command after you repeat this whole process a number of times.
At this point, you are ready to continue the dog training process. Be sure to keep your training sessions relatively short to keep your dog interested and know when to call it a day. Once your dog is trained to obey the above commands, life with your pooch will be much easier. Best of luck!