Sending Fido Back to School

Believe it or not, summer is already over, and the kids are going back to school. Education is also very important for our canine friends. Does your dog still need to complete his training? Read on as a Colorado Springs, CO vet discusses sending Fido back to school.

Basic Doggy Obedience

All dogs should know basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. If Fido doesn’t have these down yet, you’ll want to start by teaching him these basics.

Class Furriculum

Trying to teach Fido too many things at once may just confuse him. Work on one thing at a time, and make sure your furry pupil has mastered each command before you move on.

Training Time

Fido doesn’t have a very long attention span. If you’re working in the backyard, having a squirrel in the classroom won’t help his concentration, either. Keep classes short and sweet, about 15-20 minutes at a time.

Rewards

A gold star on a report card probably won’t impress your canine buddy very much, so you’ll need to reward his progress with something a bit more tangible, like treats. Use small snacks, such as cut up hot dogs or small pieces of deli meat. You don’t want to overfeed your adorable student! Praise, ear scritches, and belly rubs are also great options.

Consistency

Consistency is very important when training dogs! When teaching your four-legged friend vocal phrases, use the same words each time. For instance, you don’t want to say ‘Sit’ one day and ‘Fido, sit down right now’ the next. This will only confuse your canine pal!

Advanced Training

Once Fido has the basic doggy obedience commands down, you can move on to advanced training. The command to Leave It is very helpful. You may even be able to teach your pup how to turn lights on and off or fetch your slippers. Of course, cute tricks like Shake or Roll Over are also adorable.

Stay Pawsitive

While there are many different training methods to choose from, we recommend avoiding those that use negative reinforcement. Dogs don’t understand punishment. Negative reinforcement can also cause Fido to become scared or reluctant about school. Just focus on rewarding your furry pal for making progress.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic, today!