5 Basic Tips to Teach Your Dog Discipline

Having a disciplined dog is not the same as having a well balanced dog. However, if your dog knows basic discipline, it can be useful when handling behavior issues - existing or bad behavior that may develop later on.

Where do you begin to teach your dog discipline? Well, for this, you have a few options; you could pay for expensive dog training classes, you could enroll for an online dog training course, or you could simply do it yourself (which would be great fun for you and your best bud).

Here are the basic 5 tips to teach your dog discipline

Dog Learning To Sit

1. Sit

The sitting command is one of the easiest to teach to your dog, so it is a decent one to begin with when teaching your dog discipline.

  • First of all, hold a treat near the nose of your dog.
  • Secondly, move your hand up, enabling your dog’s head to follow the treat and making his bottom lower.
  • When he is in the sitting position, you need to say "Sit," then give your dog treat.

You need to repeat these steps a couple of times daily until your dog is at  the point that he is proficient at it. 

After that, ask your dog to sit before mealtimes, before leaving for a walk, and amid different situations where you would like your dog seated.

Dog distracted By Loud Noise

2. Distract

To Distract your canine, you can make a loud noise - which will distract your dog from whatever he is doing.

Some ideas to distract your pup; slap on the table, a loud yell or shaking a jar full of coins. These actions will startle your dog and help him/her concentrate on you.

Amid the housebreaking procedure, it is vital to reward the good conduct with praise or treats, while staying away from displays of punishment or frustration for the accidents.

On the off chance that your puppy has already peed or pooped in the home, they will not comprehend that you are punishing them for this conduct when you discover it.

Anyway, when you want to distract your dog, you can simply slap on a table, loud yell or shake a jar with some pennies in it.

Dog In Time Out For Bad Behavior

3. Isolation

Another good tip to teach your dog discipline is isolation, which means a little time out for your dog.

For this you can ignore your dog for a period of time. Dogs are extremely social animals and they will not like that you aren't giving them your attention.

You can also put the dog outside for a couple of minutes and afterward try again. Or on the other hand you can quit playing or communicating with your dog for a couple of minutes, this will teach your dog discipline.

Dog Learning The Stay Command

4. Stay

The dog who knows the "Stay" command will stay sitting until you let them get up by giving any other command, such as a "release word", this could be GO, or OK.

Here is the procedure for the stay command:

  • First, put your dog in the sit command.
  • Secondly, stand on the left side of your dog with the leash attached.
  • Now turn your body to confront your dog while keeping the leash slack.
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    Then hold your hand up to your pups face with you palm, and call "Stay." At this point, take a few steps backward. 
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    After a few seconds, you need to go back to the same position, and then put your one foot on the leash (make sure you don’t do it tightly) - sufficiently tight that your dog can't bounce up.
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    Now you need to call your "release word," and don’t forget to praise your dog and give him a treat.

In case your dog got up before being released, remain calm and smoothly come back to the beginning and try again. 

Dog Sniffing Unknown Object

5. Leave it

The leave it discipline can help keep your dog safe. For example, if your dog smells something intriguing on the ground, but you're not sure what it is - it might be dangerous! Therefore, the objective would be to get your pup to disregard the unknown object with with the lure of something better (such as a treat). 

Here is the procedure:

  • Place a treat in each of your hands and show your dog one fist with a treat in it, and ask, "Leave it."
  • Let the dog lick, paw, sniff, bark, and mouth to attempt to get it — also ignore the conduct of dog here.
  • When your dog stops trying, give them the treat from your other hand.

You will need to repeat this procedure until your dog moves from the first fist when you call, “Leave it."

Note that, you should only give the dog treat when he moves from the first fist and looks up at you.

Final Thoughts

These basic tips to teach your dog discipline can keep your dog safe and improve communication with your canine. These tips are also helpful in dog training. You can learn more about how to train your dog here.

Kathie Lukas

About the Author: Kathie Lukas is a freelance writer. She's a passionate pet lover and her topic areas mostly cover pet health and pet grooming. She loves to travel and has a never ending love for food. She has completed her graduation in animal sciences from the Kansas State University. She is currently associated with petypets.com.

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