Your Golden Retriever puppy is a bundle of loving, energetic joy. But all that happiness and energy can quickly become exhausting, frustrating, and even dangerous as your puppy grows into an adult dog. That’s why training your Golden puppy to sit is so crucial to her well-being-- and yours--and needs to be implemented as soon as possible.
What are the benefits of training your Golden Retriever puppy to sit? You will teach your puppy that she needs to listen to you as well as a variety of other essential skills. These skills include sitting when greeting people instead of jumping up, sitting and waiting for food and treats, sitting and letting you walk out the door first, and safety skills such as sitting before crossing a road.
The following training plans will take some time, consistency, and patience with your pup, but the end results will be more than worth it.
The 'sit' command is one of the best skills with which to begin training your puppy. It offers a gentle way to start the puppy training process. Your Golden puppy will not only develop self-confidence, making for a happier, healthier dog, but she will also bond more strongly with you. Your puppy will learn that responding to your commands means positive attention, lots of fun, and a fair amount of treats.
Training for the 'sit' skill should be done with your puppy’s youth and lack of attention span in mind. A Golden Retriever puppy will throw her heart into what you’re asking her to do, but will also be readily distracted because she’s still a baby and still learning what you want from her. Patience, consistency, and a positive tone are a must to create a nurturing, successful training environment for your puppy.
Find a quiet place with few distractions to start training your puppy. Diversions can be incorporated into these methods when your puppy becomes more skilled and in need of new challenges. Have a few high-quality treats available to use as a lure and a reward.
Make sure you deliver all commands to your puppy in a quiet yet firm voice. All of the following training sessions should be approached in a positive, fun tone, and completed in short increments. Because your Golden puppy has a short attention span, make sure you stop training before your dog gets bored. With time, patience, and consistency, your Golden Retriever puppy will learn to sit in a matter of weeks.
initially river was very responsive to being called and could be deterred from distraction quite easily over the last few weeks she seems to be listening less and less. we have been doing treat and praise reward when she does respond and follows command but she seems to have little interest in treats and will completley ignore us
Hello Hannah, What you are experiencing is very normal for this age. Puppies tend to naturally stay with you and are more dependent on you while young. As they get closer to 4-6 months they become more independent and curious. Check out the Reel In method for working on Come around distractions from the article I have linked below. Now that she understands what Come means, she needs to learn that come is not optional, even when other distractions trump your treats. This is typically done using a long leash. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Additional information on Come: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-to-come-when-called/ In general when you give a command be sure to enforce it and not bribe with a treat - meaning transition to not showing the treat until AFTER she does the command, and use methods that enforce the commands, such as the reel In method and other intermediate obedience methods. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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