Dog obedience training

January 19, 2010, 12:28 pm betterhomesgardens

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Dr Harry offers up some tips to train your pooch.


There are five elements that your dog needs to understand if it’s to become a well-trained pet. These are sit, drop, stay, come and walk at heel. Your vet or local dog-training club can help you find a puppy preschool or dog-obedience class, but teaching your pooch these commands is easier than you think. The trick is to start when your dog is as young as eight-weeks old. Be consistent and repetitive – say each command at least 10 times. Reward with food and praise, and practice for about 10 minutes each day.

1. SIT Focus your dog on a food reward. This should be something different to its usual meal. Cheese, chicken, cabanossi or liver treats are ideal. Work with the dog on a lead; that way you have control. Position your dog with its back to a wall, to stop it backing away. Hold a food reward over top of the nose and rock it backwards over the top of the head. Your dog will follow the treat and sit. The moment it does, say ‘sit’, and reward immediately.

2. DROP With your dog in the sit position, hold reward over top of the nose and extend treat forward to ground at a 45 degree angle. Your pet should drop to its belly. If it only goes halfway, still give a reward, but repeat until it does drop.

3. STAY With your dog in the sit position, hold up your hand in a stop sign. Walk back one or two steps, make eye contact with your dog, say ‘stay’, wait 10 seconds, then go back and reward your pet. Gradually extend both the distance you retreat and the time you wait before returning.

4. COME This is an extension of stay. With the dog in sit position, and you at a distance from the dog, say ‘come’ and jump up and down to break stay command. Reward your pooch when it comes.

5. WALK at heel Put your dog on a lead and make it sit to your left. Hold a food reward in front of your left thigh as you walk forward. This encourages the dog to focus on this position and walk on a slack lead. Use the command ‘heel’ or ‘walk’, reward your dog after a few paces, then go again.

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  1. 10:21pm Saturday 14th August 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    I have a one and a half year old pormeranian cross mini foxie. She was house toilet trained until lately, she does the toilet where ever she pleases, DISGUSTING !!! Need to know what to try and/or how to fix this urgently please !!!

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  2. horsey05:07pm Wednesday 11th August 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    i need of some dog assistance. our dog Henry ha been barking at the fish and trying jump up on the bookshelf to see what it is, but the fish has been there for almost 2 years. were'v tried tospray his nose with water and yell out NO but it dosn't stop him from harasing the fish!!!! please help us!!!

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  3. 06:34pm Wednesday 23rd June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    Help We have a 9 week old Beagle dog called Toby , this is our first dog.I cannot leave the him outside to go anywhere if I do he howls and cries constantly I give him lots of toys to play with He sleeps in the laundry at night but wakes up 5.30am in the morning if I dont go to him he howls and wakes the family up, as soon as he wakes I try to take him outside but he just howls, so he ends up inside with me and within half an hour he falls asleep on the lounge ,I have no idea what to do!!!

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  4. 06:34pm Wednesday 23rd June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    Help We have a 9 week old Beagle dog called Toby , this is our first dog.I cannot leave the him outside to go anywhere if I do he howls and cries constantly I give him lots of toys to play with He sleeps in the laundry at night but wakes up 5.30am in the morning if I dont go to him he howls and wakes the family up, as soon as he wakes I try to take him outside but he just howls, so he ends up inside with me and within half an hour he falls asleep on the lounge ,I have no idea what to do!!!

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  5. 10:40pm Friday 11th June 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    i really need Dr Hary to come help me! any one know his number

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  6. Joy G06:53pm Saturday 22nd May 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    My son moved back home with a boxer pup, I have 2 maltese cross dogs who are now a little neglected as the boxer is so big I even have trouble patting the other 2 unless he is tied up , which we have to so they can eat. He sits and all that but he is very attention getting and charges in all the time and chews up everything I touch. My lovely garden is not so lovely any more

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  7. Gail12:27pm Tuesday 18th May 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    My 2 year old Maltese Terrier, Bella, who we got from a dog shelter ,gets so excited on walks when she sees other dogs and people. She pulls on the lead and barks,more like a desperate squeal. We live in a village situation with lots of people and dogs.

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  8. Beth05:32pm Saturday 15th May 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    i am in desperate need of help our dog is a 5 month old staffy and in the last few weeks he won't stop digging in the backyard and he even digging up in our new garden we made last week????? please help dr harry!!!

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  9. 07:56am Monday 03rd May 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    i have tried to train my puppy this way but there is two othere little problems we also have a two year old dog (male) and a older dog (female) and theye all now wont stop weeing around the house how do i stop this harry help

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  10. Lisandra09:13pm Monday 05th April 2010 ESTReport Abuse

    ummm heel is walk, honestly dr harry is coming to the easter show on the weekend to take part in the flyball racing should be fun:)

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