Getting well-trained dogs that sit on command is desirable but it does need a lot of contemplating and a lot of consistency. Training a canine takes a lot more than what meets the eye. That is what most people fail to realize is that the canine would not automatically start obeying orders the moment it was bought and brought home. Time and effort are always put into it to achieve the desired results.
So How to Train Your Dog Without Treats?
If you have been thinking of how to train your furry friend to at least obey simple commands, this article is for you. Here a few tips that have worked over time. We share them with you so that the stress of your doggy training experience is cut in half.
1. Provide a Good Enough Amount of Exercise
Good amount of exercise surely does not mean wear the creature out. A short enough thirty-minute walk should suffice. One other part of the exercising is to prepare the canine’s mind to receive the new information coming to it. Finding the right form of exercise for your canine friend should by no means be difficult.
2. Spend Ample Time Bonding Prior to Any Training Sessions
A solid fifteen minutes prior to any training session, or preferably during your exercise walk is beneficial to the training process. Hang out with your animal and enjoy each other’s company. This creates a loving and respectful atmosphere for both you and your doggy.
3. Start with Simple Commands
Simple commands like ‘sit’, ‘stand’ and ‘fetch’ are good starters. Let the canine be familiar with these sounds. Always train the pet with a proper leash on. Some opt for a four-foot leash and others a six-foot leash. Give the command and demonstrate with the leash what you want the dog to do. For instance, when you tell the dog to sit and he doesn’t, pull up the leash and then push down the bum of the animal. You do this as often as is required until he associates the sound with the action.
4. Take Time to Reward Verbally
‘Good boy’ is a good enough reward when you are training a dog to take commands without treats. Each time your canine friend follows your instruction, a pat on the head and a ‘good boy’ will get a tail wagging and the next time you tell him to sit you might have fewer problems to contend with.
5. Do All These Consistently
Resort to much more verbal communication as opposed to actions for the doggy. That way, he associates the sound with a command that needs to be followed. Consistently use the same word for each different command you want to give the dog. Consistency is the key.
Have you ever experienced the joys and turmoils of training a canine? Feel free to share more tips as you read the article to pocket a few you might not have known.