Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Basic Training Techniques for your Dog

Whether you've got a new puppy or a dog who needs to learn good manners, training some of the simplest behaviors can make all the difference in maintaining a happy relationship with your dog.

In fact, a survey conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) revealed that 96 percent of dogs relinquished to shelters had not received obedience training. 

Basic training skills can be incorporated into your everyday routine, and it's a great idea to spend just a few minutes each day reinforcing good behaviors. One of the cues Cosmo learned early on is "watch me." We still use this when we're taking walks since Cosmo can get anxious around some bigger dogs. I get Cosmo's attention with "watch me" and then give him a treat to take his attention away from the potentially stressful situation.

Here, Debbie McKnight, training expert for PetSmart, demonstrates the "watch me" cue.

"Watch me" is also useful when we enter the agility ring and Cosmo is distracted by all the other activity, or any time you need to get your dog's attention!

Can your dog do this?! Take this simple behavioral quiz from PetSmart to find out the best training class for you and your dog!


  1. Oh my goodness that is so cute! My dog Indiana's watch me is hinged on whether he knows I have treats or not. I need to work on it more!

  2. The fundamental rule that must be remembered is that one should never apply human standards of society onto the dog with the assumption that the dog will understand.

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