Training the Golden Retriever Puppy
Sit, Down, Come, Stay and Heel
Teaching the five basic commands are where we all begin with our Golden Retriever puppies -- and we try to remember that puppies will always be puppies. They will always have that inquisitive nature to investigate and to learn. If not taught properly, they can become confused and frustrated very easily. So let’s begin with our basics:
SIT: You may have noticed that dogs have a relatively inflexible spine meaning that if he tips his head up far enough he will sit. You can use this to your advantage when teaching your dog to sit in response to a spoken command.
DOWN: Use food to help guide your dog into position when you want to teach him to lie down. You can try pushing the treat between his front legs to get in position. As he tries to follow the treat, his back end will slide into a down position.
COME: Teaching your pet to come is an extremely important and often difficult task. Never call your dog to you to punish him. Take care not to call him away from something fun. Practice calling your dog and when it comes, praise him and send him back to play.
STAY: Teaching your dog to stay on command may avoid a disaster, especially if you live in a busy area. Aim for small successes, not long stays. At first, reward a stay of five seconds, gradually increasing the duration of the stay.
HEEL: Be prepared to spend a lot of time on this one, and it works better outdoors. This will be an extension of the “watch me” command. Repeat this command several times but add the command “heel”. At first move only short distances but gradually move further and for longer periods as your dog learns to stay with you.
Esther Smith, author
Smith has basic-trained her own pets and can attest to the fact that some pets learn faster than others – but the Goldens are always quick learners.
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