Heel is a command, where you are getting a dog into sitting position, where he is sitting next to your heel, left or right, based on your choice. We will use the luring technique, where we are showing the dog a way with his favourite treat. Just show the dog the treat and slowly swing the hand behind you in a circle and get back to your leg. After that slowly put your hand backwards so the dog get into sitting position.
Its important to always give your dog the treat and show him affection after he does what you want. Connect the command with positive reward. After some time, you can add some movement into the command. Say heel and do two steps with the dog and continue to prolong the distance slowly. You can start the heel training very soon, but your dog should already understand the Sit and Come command.
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One of the most crucial commands, that is a must to teach every dog, is Come. You want your dog reliably come to you, when you want it and need it, because it can keep your dog away from troubles. So how you will train this. Put your dog on long leash and let him sniff and play. Clearly say the command Come and gently push the dog towards you. When he gets to you, reward him with treat and affection.
Be sure, that you will give your dog treat and show affection every time he came to you. Link this command with positive and pleasant consequence. If you will be doing something, that your dog will not enjoy, dont call them with command Come. For example, if you will be giving your dog bath, dont call him with Come command. After some time, when your dog gets this command, you can ask him to come, when you are going out or before his meal.
Watch our training of the come command:
Socialization is process of meating new people and animals where puppy is learning how to behave properly. And it is easiest for them to learn all these things naturally as puppies. And you should not only socialize larger dogs like Labrador or GSD but also small Chihuahuas and Yorkies. Socialization is a must for all dogs! It makes sense, if your puppy will be meeting a lot of people and other dogs and have fun with them, than he will grow into confident and secure dog. But if you will not socialize him, he can grow up into dog that will be afraid of strangers and he might even be agressive towards them.
With well socialized dog, you will have a lot of fun and everyone will wants to be around him. Walks with unsocialized dog might turn into nightmare. So its up to you, but if i am on your spot, i would go out with my puppy right now and i would let strangers to pet him, let him sniff other friendly dogs and just show him other people. The more places puppy is taken and more people of different age will know, it will be better for his life.
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Lie down is one of the few basic commands every dog – no matter what breed it is – must know. You should train your dog how to sit, before you start with lie down, if you dont know hot to do that, i am giving you link to my How to Sit video in description. But back to the lie down command – after you get your dog to sitting position and get his favourite treat close to his nose. Slowly lure the dog into lie down position and always say clearly the command „Lie down“.
Watch our full guide how to teach a puppy to lie down here:
Sit is the first command your puppy should be learned. And its pretty easy too, as you will se in this video. Andy got it at 8 weeks of age and after two days of training. All you need to do is hold treat close to dogs nose and slowly move your hand up and back to your dog so he will naturally sit. When he got to the sitting position say „Sit“.
At the beginning, always show your dog affection and give give him treat, after he will sit, but never give him a treat, if he does not. As always, patience and consistency is the key, never push your dog to the sit position. After your dog will master this command, ask your dog to sit before meal or before leaving for walk. You can also add some distraction or start doing this command without treat.
This is how i trained my dog to sit: