So how does your average pet owner achieve this level of obedience in their pet? The answer is simple: time and effort! You need to put the work in to enjoy this level of trust and reliability in your dog. The result, however, is more than worth the time. The product of spending the time to properly train and reinforce obedience is a well trained, reliable companion you can count on to behave appropriately and follow orders willingly.
We achieve this level of training first by establishing a good foundation in obedience. Start in your home and in your backyard where there are minimal distractions. Teach the basic commands and ensure your dog understands what is expected of him when you give the verbal cue. Once you can be certain your dog understands what the commands mean, you then move on to adding distractions. Try training outside in a quiet park or in a parking lot that isn't busy. Over time, as your dog succeeds, add more distractions. A busy park or the pet store contains a higher level of distractions. Only move on to these higher levels of distractions when your dog is consistently succeeding in the previous and current phase of training.
Don't rush. Rushing your dog through training can create issues and be frustrating for both you and your dog. Move forward only when you both are ready for it. Be patient and set your dog up for success.
My own dog, Hunter, is currently at the stage where we work with the highest distractions surrounding him. Although he is still a work in progress, I trust him 100% in public and can rest assured that he will obey any commands given to him. That is the result of time and effort, and I am happy to say it took me less than a year to get him there! He is currently only 20 months old and is very trustworthy and reliable.
It is so very worth it to proof your dog's obedience. There is no better feeling than being out in the world with your dog and having them do as you ask when you ask it. Regardless of what is going on around them, you have established a powerful working bond and clear communication between you and your dog.
Lead and they will follow you.
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