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Training Tips

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

Dog training is the act of teaching a dog particular skills or behaviors. Dog training includes teaching a dog to react to particular commands and cues as well as to act independently by deliberately changing their natural behavior. I recently had one-on-one training with two Utah dog trainers to help me improve my pet photography and ability to work with dogs.


Dog training tips for beginners and how I use it in my pet photography:


Sit


1. Hold a treat close to your dog's nose.

2. Move your hand up, allowing his head to follow the treat and causing his bottom to lower.

3. Once he's in sitting position, say “Sit,” give him the treat, and share affection.

Stay


1. First, ask your dog to “Sit.”

2. Then open the palm of your hand in front of you, and say “Stay.”

3. Take a few steps back. ...

4. Gradually increase the number of steps you take before giving the treat.

5. Always reward your dog for staying put — even if it's just for a few seconds.

Down


This can be one of the more difficult commands in dog obedience training. Why? Because the position is a submissive posture. You can help by keeping training positive and relaxed, particularly with fearful or anxious dogs.


1. Find a particularly good smelling treat, and hold it in your closed fist.

2. Hold your hand up to your dog’s snout. When he sniffs it, move your hand to the floor, so he follows.

3. Then slide your hand along the ground in front of him to encourage his body to follow his head.

4. Once he’s in the down position, say “Down,” give him the treat, and share affection.

My Pets R Family, LLC.

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