As Always: the key word to training your dog is Praise – and Not Punishment.
This Level is known as the Intermediate Dog Training. This training aims at teaching your dog the same things that were taught in the basic training course, in a more detailed form.
Here your dog is trained to Stay for a Longer Span of Time, and also taught to follow the orders given by other people. If you are working with a trainer, they should go over what commands should be accepted by your dog, from other people and what commands should only be given by you.
Intermediate Dog Training generally lasts for about 8 to 10 weeks. This training is meant for dogs no less than 5 months old. It is Essential for your dog to have Completed the Basic Dog Training Course. Your dog should be accustomed to the Basic commands first.
This level of dog training is Not for Puppies. It is for those Adult dogs that Have Undertaken the Basics, either formally or at home by their owners. This intermediate type of training teaches your dog to heel, more training on walking on a leash, fetch something and return. It also revises the basics of sitting, staying and coming etc.
As from my previous post, training to walk on a leash can be frustrating and will take some time and patience. Here are the basic highlights to keep in mind.
Stand Still until puppy stops prancing or pulling.
Hold the leash waste high. When he walks along on a loose leash, praise him give treat! He starts to pull – Stop! Stand Still. Don’t yank him toward you or pull him back to you. Instead call him – reward him when he does.
Take two steps forward then stop. Ask your pup to sit. Then start again – only increase the number of steps when he has mastered the few steps.
The Art of Fetching:
Fetching is a wonderful way to bond with your dog. It’s fun for him and great exercise!
Waving the ball is often the movement that attracts dogs, so get him focused on the ball by moving it back and forth.
When he picks the ball up, softly clap encouraging him to move toward you. Do Not call his name or say come as he will probably drop the ball and come to you, he’s been taught to do that. Keep clapping softly encouraging him to come to you with the ball. Dogs love to play chase, so when he comes to you, with ball in mouth, don’t try to take the ball from him. He considers this an onslaught to “chase” and will start running from you. Do not run after him, instead turn around and run the other way. This will lure him back to you.
If he does bring the ball toward you and drops it near your feet, pick it up and throw it instantly. Don’t just hold the ball, ask him to sit, etc. He wants the ball – so throw it.
Most dogs will only fetch a certain number of times. When he has stopped chasing the ball, just pick it up – game ends. Don’t push it, if he only fetches 4 times – next time only throw the ball 3 times – this will leave him wanting more. Some dogs pick up on this game very quickly where others take a little longer to get the hang of it. That said, I have a Golden Retriever that from day one could not have the ball thrown enough!
Bringing it back and “giving it to you” is the real challenge! Chances are, he doesn’t want to give you the ball. When he gets near you, fold your arms and turn away. Dogs who love the game of chase will try to face you; keep moving your vision away from him – he will eventually drop the ball.
The key to fetch is move away encouraging him to come to you, praising good returns and ignoring his attempts to have you chase him.
I hope this helped you out in the next step of training your best friend. Next we will go into Advanced Training. Also, check out my other posts for valuable links to help with your dog training.
Have a Great Day!