first thing to do is to let discover to your dog that the collar and the lead
are no instruments of torture. For
the collar, there are no problems. He
will easily accept to wear it at home. In
return, the lead represent an unpleasant restraining, an impediment to his
actions of liberty. It’s not
impossible he to get a little bit in a panic.
The encouragements and hugs will be welcome.
puppy’s will be mad and will be discover all they can, whereas others will pin
down and won’t agree to move.
the first, don’t move, stay at your place and convince yourself the time play
in your favour.
the second, the strategy is different: draw the puppy toward you in a
progressive way, without brusqueness, to let him understand his method is
useless and unpleasant. Don’t
worry; the natural curiosity of the puppy will help him to overcome his gear and
apprenticeship of the following on the leash becomes essential as soon as the
puppy take self-assurance and begin to pull.
To avoid to get towed, give a sharply blow on the leash at every attempt,
to impress him, and take him at your height with pronouncing of his name
followed of the order “On foot!”. If
you punish your puppy at the first indiscretion, about ten sessions will be
enough your puppy to control this exercise.
moment will come for him to discover life’s things, i.e. the urban traffic,
the crowd, the noise, … The
market and the station concourse are very useful socialization places.
puppy is clean, he answers at the calling of his name, he no more pull on the
leash … His maturity is from now
sufficient so that you can teach him the first obedience exercises.
« Sit down ! »
is the ideal position to calm you overexcited companion with the idea to have a
short walk or at the perspective to receive his meal.
It is an order and not a wish. When
you force your fog to sit down, that doesn’t means he to get up when he wants,
but that he have to keep this position.
take advantage of the moment when the puppy stay spontaneously to receive hugs
by repetition of “Sit down! That’s
good”. The message comes than
give him the order to sit down, with a little pressure at his hindquarters.
Hold him in position and show him you are satisfied.
Repeat two or three times this exercise.
« Don't move ! »
position is a little bit more difficult to search that the previous.
When your student know what mean the order: “Sit down!”, keep him in
this position and give him the order “Don’t move!” with moving back of
some steps. If he is trying to get
up, say ”No!” and put him back at the exact place where he was sitting down.
soon as your dog will understand this order, you will be able to increase
progressively the distance dividing you. Firstly
backwards, then with backing the back. If
he try to catch you up, don’t scold him, but bring him back at his initial
place. Repeat the exercise two or
three times per session and the most important is to encourage him!
« Lye down ! »
position is clearly easier to teach that the previous.
Begin to learn this new word at the puppy with taking advantage of the
moment where he lye himself. Then,
in other places, give him the order to sit down, and help him to come downer.
on his back with one hand, and, with the other, pull without brutality in front
of his former paws, with the order “Lye down!”.
Avoid the excess and be satisfied with two or three exercises per show,
without forgetting titbits and congratulations!
recalling at foot is one of the most important lesson in the education of a dog.
For evident reasons of security, it is essential the animal to come on
foot of his master when he called his dog, whatever the circumstances may be.
begin the recalling ’s apprenticeship as much as your dog have not assimilated
the previous lessons. In spite of
that, there are people who think it is better to call the dog at meal’s
begin, call your dog with his name followed of the order “On foot!” or
“Come back!”. He has to come to
your foots with a sit down position. If
needed, you will help him in positioning him and in forcing him to sit down. It is also forbidden to give his meal as much as he doesn’t
execute correctly his exercise. If
it is a failure, move away your dog and recall him until understanding.
Once he masters the recalling at the mealtime, change the time and the
place of the lessons, don’t forget to get rid the bowl on behalf of hugs.
all the people no approve this method and that there are people who recommend
the puppy for a week in a calmness place, e.g. in a forest, let him about tem
meters of advance and hide you – without his knowledge – in back of a
thicket. As he won’t see you, he
will return from his steps and will search to you.
Then, you will call him always with the same words (his name followed of
the order). Quickly, he will take
the habit to answer at the first calling for fear of losing you.
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