How to train a dog to come, stay, and heel on command?
September 24, 2012 12:05 PM Subscribe
I want to train my dog to stay, come, and heel (or, "come in closer, but you don't have to come right up to me"). How do I do this?
posted by jsturgill to Pets & Animals (12 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Those are the only commands that I care about at the moment.
One priority is that I want the dog to truly understand the command word, not learn how to guess according to context what will get a treat ("OK, when he does this, see if sitting is what he wants, and then when he says something else in the command tone of voice go to him, and get a treat!").
In other words, if I say "pumpkin" and "come" in the exact same tone of voice, I only want the dog to react to "come."
I'd also like solid responsiveness, so that even if there's a cat or person or dog or whatever that the dog wants to chase or greet, stay means stay and come means come.
The training will almost certainly have to be just me and the animal most days.
How long should every training session last?
How frequent should the sessions come? Twice a day? Daily?
Once the commands are "learned," how often should time be taken to reinforce them?
What precise steps should I take to train the dog?
Not particularly interested in theory, but I do want to utilize only positive reinforcement.
Discrete steps or processes that are valid would be more of a help than recommending a large book filled with theory that I don't particularly want to read or have to understand to get results.
The dog is a long-haired dachshund.