2 years ago
Last edited at 7:14AM on 1/20/2012
I assume you mean "sit"? I'm going to need you to clarify "all the other things," but we can start with the sit command...
Hold a small piece of a treat (I like to break up puperoni because it's smelly and breaks easily into tiny pieces) between your thumb and forefinger with your palm facing up. Let your dog sniff the treat, then lift your hand just over his/her head and say "sit." If he does, praise immediately and give him the treat. If he doesn't, repeat. He may need a little help if he's still not getting it after a few attempts. In this case, you can gently stroke his back putting just a tiny bit of pressure when you get to his butt and repeat the exercise at the same time. Once he gets it, repeat two-three more times, end on a positive note and take a break. Try again about 20 minutes later. Once he understands what "sit" means, keep practicing by having him sit before giving him things he wants. For example, make him sit before you put his food down for him, making him sit before going outside for a walk, making him sit before playing wit him or petting him, etc.
Let me know what "all the other things" you want to know... I'm happy to share what has worked for me!
I recommend watching "The Dog Whisperer" on Nat'l Geo Channel - or reruns. I never had a dog that would do anything until I watched that. You have to be the Alpha dog- have your dog's respect- before the dog wants to do anything for you. My little dog would jump to the top of the couch and look down on me and growl to demand her ball. The power struggle is over now and she knows who is boss - and I might add is a much happier dog that wants to do what I say. Her ball is her reward.