Before you begin…
A young puppy is just like a baby. Babies have to learn the English language. They have to listen for a long time before they can talk and do things.
An untrained dog must learn the English language just like babies do. They have to listen for a long time before they understand.
If you were learning a new language, you wouldn’t understand what the words meant until you were told or shown what they meant.
A dog does not understand the word ‘sit’ until someone shows them. You may have to show them (or help them) several times, but eventually they will understand. And after they understand how to sit in your house, they need to learn how to sit outside, and at the park, and at your friend’s house. They need lots of repetition and practice in many places.
Dogs need to be shown how to do things many times before they understand. Just like you with maths. Sometimes your teacher has to show you five or six times before you get it. But you DO get it! And so will your dog. Just be patient.
It is very confusing to dogs to get different commands for the same action. Be sure to say the same command every time so that your dog will have the best chance to understand what you are saying.
Remember… When you teach your dog, please be kind and consistent!
Consistent means using the same words and actions over and over again to avoid confusion.
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