NEED HELP TRAINING YOUR DOG? FOLLOW THESE TIPS

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A properly trained dog can make apartment living much more enjoyable for you and your furry friend – and maybe even your neighbors. 
Here’s a list of helpful commands and tricks to teach your dog.

Sit
This is one of the easiest and useful commands for your dog to learn. 
Step 1: Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose.
Step 2: Move your hand up while saying the word “sit” very clearly. Push your dog’s butt to the floor if needed.
Step 3: Once he is sitting, reward him with the treat and enthusiastic words!

Come
This command will keep your dog out of trouble if he gets lose, or if you just want him to stay close to you. 
Step 1: Put a leash and collar on your dog.
Step 2: Be on the dog’s level and say “come.” Pull on the leash only if needed.
Step 3: Once you dog comes to you, reward him with excited words or treats.

Stay
You’ll find this command useful if you want your trusty companion to stay out of your way for a few minutes. 
Step 1: Put your dog in the sit position
Step 2: With a treat in your hand, place your palm in front of your dog’s face while saying “stay.”
Step 3: Walk away slowly while repeating stay. Once the dog has remained in the same spot for the desired amount of time, reward him with a treat.

Not barking at others
This is very important when living in close quarters with other people. But before you begin, it’s important to remember not to shout when your dog is barking since dogs often relate loud noises as a reward or reinforcement.
Step 1: Say “quiet” while also using a hand clicker (you can buy at your local pet store). This clicker and the word “quiet” will go hand and hand when your dog begins to bark at others. 
Step 2: When the dog barks say “quiet” and hit the clicker. If the dog stops barking, reward them with a treat and praise them. Make sure the pet is completely done barking before rewarding them.
Step 3: Always keep your commands and rules consistent!

Remember to reinforce good behavior repeatedly when your dog follows your command, and punish him for bad behavior. 
Teaching your dog these tricks will help him understand his boundaries and know which actions are acceptable, and which ones aren’t.

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