9 Steps To Train Your Dog To Follow Commands
Before adding distractions, make sure your dog knows sit, stay, come, and heel.
Train your dog using his favorite treats. In difficult conditions, high-value rewards will keep your dog focused.
Train in a quiet, familiar place. As your dog learns commands, increase distractions.
Slowly add training-related distractions. If you're practicing recall (come command), start with toys and then move on to other canines.
Train your dog in parks, busy streets, or around animals. This will teach your dog to follow commands in different scenarios.
Even in distracting situations, praise and treat your dog for following directions.
Be patient if your dog doesn't respond immediately. Keep training positive by speaking calmly and encouragingly.
Gradually increase your dog's distance and command length. Your dog develops attention and impulse control.
"Proofing" implies rehearsing commands in real-life situations and interruptions. Work on "stay" when walking away or with other people or dogs.
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