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Hitch step for dogs

Hitch step for dogs

Hitch step for dogs

A dog should always be given a trning trial every few days to assess its performance in different environments. If they are to be released into a kennel environment they will have been trned to heel in a busy, multi-roomed building so that they will know where to go and what to do.

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A dog will be taught how to respond to different people and other animals as they leave the house. For example, someone walking out of the house may just tell them to sit down, for a stranger they may be expected to stand or sit.

It is important to get your dog to respond to various people walking out the door with confidence because some dogs won't stop until someone shows them they are not going to harm them. Trning to be able to tolerate other animals as they come past will help prevent a situation when they feel threatened in this environment.

Hitch step for dogs

The most common issue with this kind of teaching is the dog may be expected to sit for two or three seconds before any movement occurs. This is fine for a young or new dog, but as the dog grows it may start to over-strn itself and end up with muscle or tendon problems.

How To Do A Dog Trning Step By Step

Step 1

Set the dog up to walk past a barrier. Place a barrier or obstacle in a spot where the dog will not expect to find it, such as in the garden.

A friend will walk across the barrier and will tell the dog to sit, at which point it should do so. While you are teaching your dog to sit you can ask your friend to give it a verbal command at the same time. This will make the dog think that he has been given a treat or other reward for sitting down and will encourage the dog to pay attention. Your friend should step up to the barrier and give the dog a treat when it is sitting down. You should also reward the dog for not eating a treat when you see it.

Step 2

Once the dog has learned to sit down on command, remove the physical barrier or take it away completely.

Step 3

If your dog will not sit down on command, place a barrier in a spot where it is likely to cross over it.

Ask your friend to go to that spot and ask the dog to sit down. Walk away and give the dog a treat when it does so. Once it is sitting down you can reward it for not eating the treat. You should also give the dog a treat when it is not sitting down. Repeat this until the dog will sit down on command.

Step 4

Once your dog is sitting down on command you can place a barrier at the right spot. You can use a simple fence, or a more complex obstacle such as a large gate.

Your friend will go to the barrier and ask the dog to sit down. Walk away and give the dog a treat when it does so. Once your friend is standing over the dog and says “sit,” reward it for not eating the treat.

Step 5

Once your dog is sitting down you can continue to give the dog a treat for being attentive and for not eating the treat when your friend gives the command to sit. Repeat this until the dog sits on command when placed over a barrier.

Step 6

When your dog is sitting down on command over a barrier it may not pay attention to your friend or may jump around looking for a way to get away. If you see this happening, encourage the dog to pay attention to your friend. Do this by moving away or tapping the fence with your foot. If the dog tries to move away, immediately go back and tap the fence. If it jumps around, you should stay nearby and encourage the dog to pay attention to your friend.

When you get home, make sure to prse the dog for being attentive to your friend. Once it does, reward the dog for paying attention. Repeat this until your dog is always obedient.

Step 7

As your dog is getting better at responding to commands and obeying, try introducing it to other commands. Ask a friend to get their dog’s attention and then give a command such as “sit,” then get your dog’s attention and give a “walk” command.

Use this method to gradually introduce new commands to your dog. Once you are ready to go to the next step, you’ll be ready to move on to the next chapter.

The Dog Book

When learning a new command, ask a friend to serve as your dog’s guide. Get their attention with a friendly, calm voice, and speak to them in a language your dog understands. Then begin the command by asking your friend to give it to you. While this might not seem like the best idea, it’s important to remember that you’re not trying to teach your dog a completely new command right now, but you are reinforcing what you already know.

With each new command, your dog will begin to associate your calm voice with the command itself, until you have an almost unstoppable team. You may be wondering how many commands you’ll have to learn to work with your dog. It can be a challenge, but with a little patience, you’ll get it done.

About The Author

After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, I was determined to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a veterinarian. When I was working at his clinic, I noticed a number of people had come in to be vaccinated agnst rabies. That’s when I knew my calling wasn’t working with sick and dying animals, but working with healthy ones to improve their lives. With the help of my husband, we started working with dogs in our local community, and we’ve enjoyed it ever since.

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