The Basic Commands in Training Golden Retrievers

When it comes to training golden retrievers, do not become easily discouraged if your golden cannot follow his first lesson right away. Every single dog is different. Some dogs can learn immediately while others will need more practice.

The tone of your voice plays a crucial part in the training process as your Golden can read the tone of your voice. Do not stop on a command until your dog can follow it. 


Basic Commands in Training Golden Retrievers

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Basic Commands in Training Golden Retrievers

The “sit” command can be incorporated into your dog’s feeding program. On the one hand, hold your dog’s food dish and say “sit” while you push him down on his back end with your other hand. When he sits down, you can now place his food bowl on the floor in front of him. Your dog will immediately pick up that when he sits, he gets a reward.

The “stay” command can be a continuation to the “sit” command. While your Golden is still sitting, you hold your hand against him while your palm is open or facing outward then you say “stay”. You then walk away from him, pause for a minute, and then call your dog towards you. Progressively lengthen the extent of time your dog rests in the sitting spot. If your dog runs to you when he’s not being called, take him back to the sitting spot and start over with the lesson again. Do not let your Golden consider that staying still is non-compulsory. He should stay in place until you release him.

Come or Here
You can either use “here” or “come” but whatever term you use, your golden retriever must pick up that this is a firm command and not a plea. Attach one end of dog rope to your golden’s collar and hold the other end then pace some steps away from him then say “come” (or here). If your doggy does not walk towards you, just pull the dog rope in your direction. Be firm but not rough. Do this again for a number of times just until your dog absorbs the “come” command. When your dog already learns this command, remove the dog rope and practice the command again. Do not forget to reward him when he follows your instructions.

The “no” command has to be practiced to restrain wrong actions such as cluttering in the house, munching on your things like footwear and furniture, hurdling on people, and other related bad behaviors. When you say this command, you have to state it loudly and forcefully so that your golden retriever will not have any uncertainty on what you mean when you state the word “NO”.

Your dog should be taught to walk at your speed and not haul you during your walks. That’s where you have to say “heel”. When you do your walks, your dog should constantly be on your left side. When he speeds up his steps, just say “heel” then tug him back near you. Do this every time he steps in front of you. If you stop moving, your golden should stop too and should sit down right at your side.

This is an easy one. When you want to place your dog on his dog cage, just say kennel. Once your pup picks up this word and linked it with getting into his kennel, then you can also use it when asking him to step into your vehicle, his dog hide, and other related places. You can also place a treat inside his cage to lure him to get inside.

Remember that proverbial phrase “Patience is a virtue”? Well, you can surely practice that one while training golden retrievers. Eventually, both of you will benefit from those dog commands, so do not give up on him and most especially, do not get mad at him during his training course. Good luck!

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