So, George is due to start his ‘official’ dog training in a few weeks.
We have been working with him for a few weeks now and have the basics down.
Sit – ✔️
Down – ✔️
These are simple enough for George now and, with the help of some particularly appetising treat from The Laughing Dog Food Company, it really is easy.
With the ‘Sit’ there is the attention getting hook command with a snappy hand movement. If you pair this with the hand/treat being held high up and out of range but moved over the dogs head and beyond you can get the dog to automatically sit.
Reinforce this with a treat and the ‘Sit’ command (even though they are already sitting) and the dog learns the command, the position and the getting of a treat. Do not treat poor performance, only when they get it right.
The same for ‘down’ command except the treat goes low, under the chin and the dog will lie down. Just stick with it.
Another thing is not to do too much.
You can loose the dog and it can become frustrating for you both.
It should be fun but just keep trying and reinforcing it. Your dog will be happy for the treats!
Stick with it!