Training Your Golden-Retriever to Listen to You
Why Won't My Golden-Retriever Listen To Me?
This is a common question that most first-time Golden-Retriever owners ask me. Before I answer your question, let me ask you a few instead:
- Do you have to raise your voice every time you want your Golden-Retriever to listen to you?
- Does your Golden-Retriever always come or sit on command - anytime and anywhere you want him to?
If your answers are mostly in the negative, its time you seriously reconsider your role as a sincere Golden-Retriever trainer and an ideal pet parent.
Get Your Golden-Retriever To Listen To You
Before you begin any training, you must first establish yourself as the "ALPHA dog" of your family. Your Golden-Retriever must know that you’re the leader of the pack and it is YOU who is in charge.
Here is a list of simple DO's and DONT's that you must follow if you want to be the Alpha:
- Always go out or come in through the door first - remember you are the leader;
- Always eat first - give your Golden-Retriever something to eat only after you've finished your meal;
- Don’t circle around your Golden-Retriever when he is lying on the floor - make your Golden-Retriever move out of your way instead;
- Don't let your Golden-Retriever set the rules - pay attention to him when you think fit and not whenever he demands;
- Don’t permit your Golden-Retriever to sleep with you in your bed - demarcate his sleeping area clearly.
Once you successfully established yourself as the Alpha, training your Golden-Retriever and making him listen will be a lot easier than you can imagine. Remember, if your Golden-Retriever does not learn to "listen", all your training efforts will be in vain!
Does your Golden-Retriever know his name? Does your Golden-Retriever look at you whenever you call him by his name? This is the first and the most critical step involved in Golden-Retriever Training. If your Golden-Retriever doesn't respond to his name, you cannot have his attention for teaching him any other commands.
To make sure that your Golden-Retriever recognizes his name, take a treat in your hand and hold it away from your body. Call your Golden-Retriever's name. He is most likely to look at the treat in your hand. Continue calling his name untill he turns and looks at your eyes. Give him the treat immediately. Repeat this exercise by holding the treat in the other hand. Once you're sure that your Golden-Retriever has learnt to recognize his name, just call his name and reward him for looking at you by petting or with a hug.
You must understand that Golden-Retrievers respond far better to positive reinforcement than they do to coercion or force.
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