Does it ever feel almost impossible to make dog training simple?
Probably, especially if you have multiple dogs.
Before you know it, if you’re not watching, the pack can get away from you and bam! Chaos reigns.
It’s as if they’ve formed their own community and you’ve become, well, you’ve become their people and your dogs are running the show.
If this sounds like your house and you are feeling a bit or a lot overwhelmed with the daunting task of “training for control,” don’t worry, you really can make dog training simple.
Teach a Simple Sit
The solution, at least for the time being, is to teach all your dogs a well-disciplined sit. It can simplify your life completely.
Take all your other obedience commands that have been cluttering your mind and put them on a shelf somewhere else in the back of your mind.
You can always teach them later.
Here’s the cool thing:
You would be surprised how many dog behavior problems can be solved with a simple sit; jumping, running out the front door, rowdy behavior, etc.
Granted, it needs to be a well-disciplined sit around distractions.
But if that were the only thing you had to teach, at least in the short run to get a grip on things, teaching each of your dogs a simple, well-disciplined sit would be a game-changer for you.
Work with Each Dog Individually
It’s important to build a working relationship with each dog so that he doesn’t revert to the pack for his relationship.
To do this you need to work with each dog individually.
Work on the sit command 3 times a day for just two minutes with each of your dogs.
With four dogs that’s less that 30 minutes daily. That’s easy!
Gradually Build Longer Sits
As you begin to get really good, fast sits, wait longer and longer before you say, “Good!” Having them hold the sit for a longer duration teaches each dog to focus, pay attention and wait for your praise.
If this sounds too simple, that’s the beauty of it! Later on when you have control again, you can expand their commands as you have the time to practice.
Make a List of Stuff He Can Earn
Make a list of everything possible your dogs can earn by doing a sit. Start with the basics like their food, love and affection, toys and access to your personal space (beds, sofa, etc.)
Next, take a look at life rewards like going outside for walks, potty breaks and car rides to really cool places. Sit is a way to make your dog training, and your dog’s lives, simple.
And you want to know what? It really works if you do it. You do have to make a commitment to train every day but only on that one command. Remember, nothing in life is free, not even for you, their owner.
Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog
Jim Burwell, is Houston’s most respected dog trainer for 30 years, serving over 11,000 clients. Jim takes the science of dog training and shows you how to make it work with your family and dog. He gives you the ability to get the same great behavior from your dog.