By: Connie Glutyk
The basics for training your Golden Retriever are very simple and fun for both you and your fur baby or anyone who needs help training your Golden Retriever. Try very hard not to get caught up in the reward with a treat after doing a command other wise your dog is in control and not you. You decide when it is time to give a treat, maybe when the training is over is the best time, but you decide and not your dog.
True obedience comes when the dog see’s the owner(s) as the pack leader. Most dogs will not work out of love for their owner, they will work/obey/listen because they respect the authority of the pack leader. Once you have your dog trained he will not only respect you but love you, truly.
We motive the dog into doing what we have asked, if he does it then we Praise him, if he doesn’t do it, then we show the dog what we want from him. We only correct the dog when we have established the dog doesn’t understand what we are asking.
Motivation – is the pleasant tone of your voice that you will use when giving a command. Speak clearly, do not shout or scream at your dog. Dogs have great hearing so speaking normal is just fine.
Praise – consists of verbal and physical reward, it is to be used whenever your dog has done well. Praise is to be used according to your dog’s personality. If your dog is hyperactive, you will give light verbal praise, if your dog is shy and under-socialized, your praise must be stronger and associated with a touch of the hand. Truly motivating praise is heartfelt and sincere, expressive and genuine. Make it varied and interesting and don’t over do it.
Corrections – are used only once the dog has demonstrated that he knows what the word means. Words are the building blocks for getting your dog to do what you want him to do. So it makes sense that he needs to understand what you are saying before he can do what you are saying. Timing is extremely important and a correction must always be followed with the correct cue and direction.
Let’s Go: This cue tells your dog to walk on a loose lead. Your dog should remain behind you and never come in front of you or pull on the lead. He can also walk beside you on the left or the right, this is not a formal “heel” command, but a way to enjoy a leisurely walk with your dog.
Heel: Your dog is to walk with you on your left, with his leg in line with your leg. You must be extremely consistent at maintaining your dog walk with you this way. The dog is to walk with you step for step, turn for turn and stop & sit automatically when you stop.
Come: Call your dog to you using the word “come”. The dog should come to you immediately and be in a sit position directly in front of you, preferably looking at you. In the beginning always have your dog on a leash or long line so he learns very quickly that “come means to come to you and not turn and run away.
Sit Down: Dog is to sit with his bum on the ground, head high and not leaning to either side, but perfectly square, with the dog on your left, give a hand signal of flat palm pushed towards the floor at the same time as giving the “down” command. If your dog doesn’t do it place the dog into a down. Remember, Master always wins!
Place: Ask your dog to go to his “bed”. You will point to the bed as you direct your dog to it and make him lay down on it. Have a tab on your dog so that if he tries to get up you can give him a quick correction and remind him to “down” & “stay”. It is important that you are consistent with this. Every time he tries to leave the bed on his own will, you must give him a correction with the tab and direct him into the action you want him to do.
Off: Means to get all paws off of whatever they are on. Example: Jumps on couch…use “off” not down or no “off” also means to get their mouth off. If your dog does not listen you will grab the table and give a correction immediately directing the dog to an action you would like him to do.
Out: Dog is to release item from mouth.
Kennel: Dog is to go into crate.
Quiet: Dog must stop barking. If he does not stop barking use, Bitter Apple and squirt directly onto his nose or give a correction that will stop the behavior.
OK: Releases your dog from any command. Dog is free to do as he/she wishes.
Remember: Be Consistent
Give only one command
Master ALWAYS wins
Praise for Proper Behavior
Stop before Saturation
Make it Fun!
Video by: Richard Heinz