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8/25/2008 Maintaining your Dog’s Obedience Cues

Dog Training Cues

Practice Training Cues Daily

If you’ve taken your pooch to dog training obedience classes (which every owner of a friendly dog should) or have sought out private dog training lessons, he has probably mastered (or at least learned) his sit, sit-stay, down, down-stay, come, and heel cues. However, even after you’ve proudly watched him graduate from his dog training class, there is still much to be done when it comes to maintaining these dog training cues. It doesn’t always take a dog trainer to test and enhance your dog’s knowledge. However, in order to keep your dog’s compliance to obedience cues sharp and reliable, it’s imperative for you (the owner) to practice dog training in his everyday life. Here are some tips on practicing obedience cues in real-life situations.
  • Have your canine perform sit-stays before you give him his meals. Do not allow him to dig into his dinner until you release him.

  • Ask your dog to perform a sit-stay or down-stay before you let him inside the house from the backyard and vice versa.

  • Cue your dog to lie down and stay while you put on his leash before taking him out for a walk. He should stay in the down position until his leash is secured and you have opened the door and released him from the down-stay.

  • Bring treats with you on your walk. Stop and practice dog training, working different obedience cues intermittently throughout your walk. Don’t forget to treat and/or praise him for compliance.

  • During your walk, practice the heel cue. However, remember to take breaks from training and allow your dog to walk leisurely (loosely, meaning without pulling on the leash).

  • Practice the come cue as a family – have each family member pick a room in the house and stay in there. Each person should take turns calling the dog’s name and saying “come” right before he reaches them. Not only will this reinforce the come cue and his overall level of dog training, but it will also help the dog learn to obey every member of the household.

Bond With Your Dog

Remember to make dog training motivational and rewarding for your canine. He should always be praised, treated, and/or petted whenever he does the right thing. With consistency, effort, and an understanding relationship between you and your canine, he will be an obedient and enjoyable member of the family.

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