Training your dog is an important part of owning a dog. It helps to keep them active, intelligent, and even out of trouble when done properly. This means that you need to train your dog for your dog’s benefit.

Tricks that are useful should always be your first priority. Sit, stay, and come are a must for any dog, and can help prevent situations where they may be inclined to run into the street or escape your grasp at the park if they happen to notice a squirrel run by. These basic tricks should be taught early on, are commonly the basis by which you would teach more advanced tricks.

But, you should be careful about any extreme training, such as jumping feats or advanced tricks until they are at least six months old. Their bodies aren’t fully developed yet, and their bones and ligaments can still be sensitive to heavy pressure. After your pup has a grasp on the basics, you can move onto these more advanced tricks since both their body and mind will be able to handle them better.

As with all training methods, you should never train your dog without rest. Five minutes to every fifteen of training should be spent relaxing and refreshing themselves. Plenty of food and water should be available to them during the period, especially for a puppy. This also helps to keep a dog to better absorb the information. Because their attention span is very limited, commonly for no more than fifteen minutes, training sessions should be taught in short lessons throughout the day.

You can incorporate your lessons into playful activities, such as playing ball. Here, basic techniques, such as sitting, staying, and returning can all become a part of a single lesson. When you throw the ball, tell them to get it. When they’ve got it, they will likely naturally want to come back to you. You can enforce the retrieval with your command words and or hand gestures. Once you have the ball, it is a treat to play, so use it to teach them to sit and stay. Your release command comes into play here as well, and should always accompany the “stay” command.

Training your dog isn’t just about how many tricks they can do, but also how well they listen to you and behave. Training teaches your dog how to behave, so make the best of it with the right methods.

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