Are you fond of watching dog shows? You often become amazed on how the trainer effectively and successfully commanded their dogs to sit and do other tricks. Well, you can also do the same and there’s a need for you to train them. Several dog owners oftentimes ignored the importance of developing new skills such as obeying commands or instructions.
One of the vital trainings that should be taught is waiting and sitting. Do your dogs sit whenever you told them the word SIT? Or do they wait when you instruct them and say the word WAIT? If you are able to successfully train your dogs to wait and sit, you will experience great convenience in controlling and saving them from any potential dangers.
You don’t have control regarding the movement of your dogs’ surroundings. When you’re at the park, in busy streets or in areas where it’s prone to accidents, you can help in saving your dogs through giving commands. For example when your dogs are just one step away from danger, if they know the word sit or wait, they will stop to wait and sit as you instructed. In this case, you are able to save the life of your dogs.
Typical mistakes in training dogs
One of the typical training mistakes in dogs is training them in one environment or situation. Teaching your dogs to sit and wait will surely be affected by environmental factors. If you perfectly let them sit inside your house, it will become a different story when you command them to sit and wait in park. For effective training, you should expose them in varied situations as well as varied places. This means that you should perform your SIT and WAIT training either in noisy busy surroundings or calm silence place. You can expose them in place where there are many people and places where there are few of them.
Tips on Effective Training
•Continuously let your dogs practice WAIT and SIT in areas where you first trained them. When they already properly practiced doing it, then you can now move to another place or environment to practice more of what they’ve learned.
•Remember to utilize the type of reward that could greatly persuade your dogs. These are delightful yet healthy foods to keep your dogs interested in your commands. Keep the value of your reward through not giving them plenty of it. Carefully choose the reward that would entice them. This will enable you to get higher compliance from your dogs.
•Make every training an exciting and fun session. Your dogs can’t enjoy any monotonous training techniques. Make it livelier by making every session fun and engaging.
•When you moved to other place in order to train your dogs, see to it that your dogs are fully aware of it. New location means new distractions and adjustment. So, effectively guide your dogs regarding with the changes.
•When you finally able to teach your dogs to learn sit and wait in new surroundings, continuously practice them. The longer the span of training, the better will be the mastery and learning.
Significance of WAIT and SIT
When your dogs underwent diagnosis or health examination, you will be able to let them sit still.
You’ll be able to command your dogs to stop when you need to pause to tie your shoes.
You’ll be at ease when walking with your dogs because you’ll be able to control them when they move a lot.
Being able to practice politeness when meeting other people or dogs.
You will have no worries when socializing together with your dogs.
You’ll be able to lock your house’ front door without dragging your dogs.
Ways on training WAIT and SIT command
Teaching your dogs to sit will be easy if you’re just dedicated to it. Here are some training ways to effectively perform it.
•Get a delightful and nutritious treat for your dogs in front of their nose. Be able to guide your dogs slowly to be in sitting position. Then move the treats upward.
•Then wait for the response of your dogs. Let them follow the path of your treat. When their nose already points above, bring the treat back to where it is located in slow manner. Do this until it is already on the top of their head. With this, you will enable your dogs to lean back and be in sitting position.
•Afterwards, when you successfully make them sit, quickly praise them and give your reward.
•Repeat this process then later on, include the word SIT in the training.
•Continuously practice it.
•Practice signaling SIT from varied positions, places and different distractions.
WAIT Command Training
The WAIT command or instruction is typically used in Obedience training. This command is given for a pause or temporary stay. Wait commands is significant for your dogs’ daily activity and your daily engagement. Here’s how to train your dogs how to WAIT.
• As a start, let your dogs be in SIT position. Place them in your left portion.
• Slightly turn into where your dogs are. Raise your hand (right) in front the nose of your dogs. Let your palm face your dogs, then point your fingers upward. Do it in a classic gesture (STOP). Afterwards signal them with word WAIT.
•Then quickly step or move away from them. Take two steps away from your Huskies. Utilize furthest foot from your dogs’ place to lead off. In this, forward actions or movements will not urge the dogs to move forward and move from their current position.
•Before you step back, wait for about 2 to 3 seconds. Your dogs will still be settled in your left corner. When you noticed that they do what is expected of them, immediately reward them. Say OKAY to release your dogs in training.
•But if you observed that your dogs don’t get it, you can begin to square one of WAIT training.
•Keep on training them until they perform WAIT and SIT carefully and properly.
•When your dogs already mastered the short minute training in one place, then move into higher level of training. Look for another training environment where situations and views are different. Continuously train them for varied duration and distance.
Carefully training your dogs is significant not just for their own safety but also for the welfare of dog owners like you. Since they already know some basic command, teaching them another obedience lesson will be easy. Furthermore, owners will be able to gain control and confidence regarding dog safety and socialization.