ABC Pet Resort & Spa provides customized obedience training for your dog. Our trainer has extensive experience in dog training, and believes in positive, fun training methods. We are also an Approved Evaluator for AKC's Canine Good Citizen® program (CGC). Please call for your dog’s personalized training options!
Your posture and body cues tell your dog a lot. He learns to read your body language much as you learn to read his. We recommend the following techniques:
- Stand up when you give your dog a command. If you only give commands while sitting or squatting on the floor, your dog will learn to respond only when you're in that position.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets. If his treats are in your pockets, hands in the pockets becomes the cue that he will get a treat if he does what you ask. You want your command to be the cue, not the hand in the pocket! If your hands are always in view, you can keep him guessing.
- Similarly, don't hold a bag of treats in your hand while training. Your dog will learn he only needs to comply with commands if he sees the treat bag, not every time you ask him.
- Train your dog everywhere, not just in one room of your house. If you only practice in the kitchen, your dog will learn he only needs to do a command in the kitchen. As your dog learns to do a command reliably in one location, move to other rooms of the house and the yard. Practice wherever you can, even on your daily walks.