Your Greyhound is the gentle and kind companion you’ve been longing for and is the perfect family pet. He is eager to please you and because of this, he will be relatively easy to train. He is overly affectionate and friendly, which means that he wants to greet passers-by when out on a walk. This isn’t always ideal, especially if those people don’t like dogs. It’s important that your Greyhound learns to sit in certain situations like this so that you can stop him in his tracks.
Learning to sit will also be a foundation for a whole host of obedience commands. By teaching him to sit, you are teaching him manners and respect, which are priceless traits for a dog to have. He will need to learn that you are the pack leader and for this to happen, he has to believe you are in charge.
It’s important that you train your Greyhound to be obedient to you as he has the innate behaviors of a hunter. When he catches a scent, it is only natural for him to want to run after it. It is also important that he learns to sit and wait patiently at the side of a road or before you put his food down.
If he is a youngster, he should pick up the training quickly as he will be enthusiastic and receptive to training. You should start to see results in a couple of days. If your Greyhound is slightly older, then you may need a little longer for him to get the hang of it. Try repeating the training at different times of day and vary the location so that he does not get bored. Due to Greyhounds' conformation, you may not want to make him hold the sitting position for too long as this can be uncomfortable for them.
Finn is very food motivated and gets super excited when I get out the treats. I would like to get him to calm down so I can use a treat as a training method but so far he just overreacts to the treat. Otherwise he is totally calm and mellow. I have only had him for two days but he is learning a lot and fitting in well. How can I get the treat past him in order to use it as a training tool?
Hello Lauretta, I suggest trying a couple of different things. 1. Try using something he likes but is less exciting, such as his dog food or a toy. 2. Teach him the Watch Me command or to look at you when you say his name using the treat before you try Sit. These commands should help build his attention around treats before starting on a command that requires him to get so close to the treat. 3. Hold the real treat behind your back and simply pretend to have a treat in your hand to lure him to the floor. After he has learned a few commands he should start to understand how training works and be a little more focused around the food. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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