Top 10 reasons to train your dog

In order to be sound and stable, every dog must have a ‘job’.
People who are neutral or dog negative may change their attitudes when they see your control.
Your dog will not run away, be hurt, experimented on, poisoned, stolen, killed, impregnated or taken to a shelter.
You are confident and feel safer when you are with your dog at home or in public.
People and other creatures are safe from problems with YOUR dog.
With better control, you’re welcome in more places, enriching lives.
The more time you spend with your dog, the longer you will live.
Yours and other people’s things are not being destroyed.
It’s stimulating for mind, body, and creativity.
It’s FUN!!!! – and a trained dog is a pleasure.
You can teach a dog in one or both of two different ways. First is “compulsion”, which means that you make the dog do what you want by forcing them. Some types of compulsion could be pushing on the dog’s butt to make them it, yelling, or pulling on dog’s leash or using prong/pincher collars and e-collars, which actually shock a dog with electric current. We try to use the least amount of compulsion as possible and avoid working with electric or prong collars. We like to use “motivational” training techniques like using praise, treats and toys to encourage the dogs.

An example of motivational training is teaching your dog to sit by putting a small tasty treat under your dog’s nose and slowly lift it over their head while you say “sit”. When their butt comes down into sit position , give them the treat and say “good sit!” in a happy voice. Repeat many times! It can take a dog 1,000 repetitions to learn/KNOW a command, so be patient.

If your dog does not do what you want, you must first ask yourself if they understand the command, if they are challenging your authority or if YOU are doing something wrong. For example, if you say “sit” one time and “sit down” another time and THEN “go sit”, a dog may not understand. They can only understand the sound, not the words, and these differences in word sounds will only confuse them.

Some Useful Dog Commands

Sit – butt on ground/ head up
Down – lying down – ALL legs on the ground
Stand – for grooming, teeth, & vet visits
Off – do not jump up – on me, on furniture, etc
Come – to be by your side within a yard distance
Let’s go – with or without leash, for informal walking
Easy – for when the dog pulls on the leash
Heel – dog is walking by your side evenly

Once your dog KNOWS a command, then you must say it once. If the dog does not “sit” then you must give another command AND a correction. A correction could be a strong look, a harsh voice, pulling on the leash and so forth. Use the minimum amount to get the dog to obey on your FIRST correction. The right amount is seen when you get results and have a dog who obeys you on the FIRST command.

Stopping a dog from jumping

Jumping is a normal behavior in dogs, but many people want to see a dog with better manners. So, the dog must be taught to not jump. This can easily be accomplished by pushing the dog away with your foot or knee while AT THE SAME TIME giving the “off” command. OR you can have someone hold the leash and when the dog jumps when another person approaches the dog, the handler can give a “jerk” correction with the leash while AT THE SAME TIME giving the “off” command. Remember that you want a special “off” command that is different from the “down” ( lay down ) command, so as to not confuse the dog..

Second Chance Pet Rescue is offering the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Award (CGC). The CGC evaluation is offered to all mixed and pure breeds as well as neuter/spayed or intact dogs. See CGC Testing for more info.