You’ve got a lively and energetic puppy that you need to start drilling some obedience commands into. Before you can get him to ‘wait’ or ‘roll over’ though, you need to master the basic commands, such as ‘down.’ However, he’s somewhat on the large side for a puppy and you don’t want to add to his weight unnecessarily. You do need to find a way to train the basic commands whilst he’s young and receptive, though. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can train him to perform down without the use of treats.
Getting this training right is important for the future of his training. Master the basics and further down the line you’ll be able to train him to flip over and even swim underwater. You’ll also find obedience training like this will cement your position as pack leader.
Normally, training your dog to perform ‘down’ isn’t too tricky, but that is with the use of tasty food to motivate him. Luckily, you can still train him to hit the ground without any mouth-watering treats. Instead, you’ll need to find other ways to motivate him, such as toys. Training will consist of initially getting him excited about the reward, whatever it may be. Then you’ll lead him through the trick and give him plenty of praise. If he’s an energetic puppy, training may prove successful in just a couple of days. If he’s older and not so keen on following instructions then you may need up to a week to fully master the ‘down.’
Succeeding with this training is more than simply getting him to lie down. It will help set the tone for how many other commands you’ll be able to teach him. So determination at this point will be rewarded further down the line.
Before you can get to work you’ll need to collect a few bits. First, invest in some new toys and a tennis ball that you can use to motivate him. For one of the methods, a clicker will also be needed.
Then you’ll need to set aside 5 minutes each day to dedicate to training. Consistency is key if you want quick results, so try and practice daily. You’ll also need a quiet place to train. A living room that doesn’t have people watching TV or chatting will be ideal. You want his attention solely on you.
With all of those boxes ticked, you can grab your canine pal and get to work!