I have mentioned in a previous post about our dog, Smoothy, and that I am not really that familiar in taking care of dogs. I find it really good then that aside from asking some tips from a veterinarian, we can also get information from other friends who are also dog owners as well as get information available from legitimate pet or dog sites in the internet.
Smoothy, a Shih Tzu and Japanese Spitz cross-breed, has been with us for 6 months now and with some patience, we have trained her with some simple things:
- Potty training. Training her in this area was surprisingly easier than what I expected. By observing when she is about to pee or poo inside our house and bringing her to the toilet, we have successfully managed to train her to do these deeds there 🙂 When she is also outside the house, she already has a specific place where she does them as well.
- Staying still. By just saying the word “Stay” with a firm voice and raising one finger, we have trained her not go outside our gate whenever we step outside ourselves. We also use the word whenever she attempts to go inside the house with us and we prefer she stay out.
- Stopping and following. I would say “let’s go!” three times with a clap of my hand whenever I want her to stop what she is doing and to follow me where I am going.
- Waiting. We say the word “Wait” when we are about to feed her so that she will not jump on the food as we are placing it on her food container. We also use it when she tries to scratch on the screen door to go inside the house. I also use this word whenever we leave home and she begins to whimper, understanding that we are leaving her behind. She then stops jumping or whimpering and sits down or lies down.
- Getting down. Smoothy, at times, would climb our sofa especially when we let her inside the house with us, perhaps out of excitement. She would always come down the sofa, however, when we say “Down” and point to the floor.
Smoothy with the hubby during a recent visit to a beach resort.
How we do it. To make these words and actions part of her system, we do our best to reward her whenever she obeys. This has been especially important during the first few times when we were training her. Her reward is either food, petting her (especially scratching/touching her neck and her belly which she seems to really love), or playing with her (giving her a toy or throwing it to her to catch).
We are still adding some more commands and vocabulary for Smoothy but so far, I am personally happy that she knows these basic things, making our time with her quite enjoyable and stress-free 🙂