3 Dog Training Commands: Whoa! Come! And Heel!
We are amazed at fine bird dogs in movies in action. They do great bird dog work are in tune with the handler’s commands. How can this be? Is bird dog training what brings out the best in dogs?
Yes to that, however you must be willing to invest time and effort in the training.
Several dog breeds can be trained into being excellent bird dogs. Training them to obey commands is a good place to start. Training professionals know that dogs have to understand the language trainers use to make the dog respond to their commands. With this type of training, there are just three main commands. They are the whoa!, come! and heel!.
1.The Whoa! Commands
The most basic of the commands is whoa! This tells the dog to stop and not to move further unless commanded otherwise. When the dog obeys this command completely, it shows obedience and respect to his master. obeying completely is shown by obedience to the command, no matter how far between the giver of the command is, and the dog.
This command is also good for dogs that go too far ahead, for example, the dog is flushing out a bird on his own, the owner wants him to stop. But, the dog wants to play around with the bird and not heed to the command. If the dog obeys the instruction, the owner goes to the dog, pats him and says job well done.
2.The, Come! Command
This command simply asks that your dog approaches you on command. The use of this command is for retrieving. You want the dog to come to you when you tell him to. Also, some dogs are a bit stubborn and go off in different directions. Giving this command maintains some distance between you and your dog in case he does things his own way.
3.The Heel! Command
Want your dog to walk by your side? Say heel! and this command is very effective. Normally, paired with another one-word command such as “okay” or “go” to signal his release. This will show his performance was favorable and he can continue to hunt for you.
When your dog has performed well, praise him, give him a gentle tap, or give a treat. Most dogs are born with the instinct to please their owners. When you let your dog know he has pleased you he will want to repeat his great performance.so be sure to reward him.
Soon, he will repeat the same desirable action, to gain your praise. Bird dog training is not easy. This is why there are too few dog birds around. However, if you really want to turn your dog into a good bird dog you must be willing to invest time and patience in making sure these three basic commands used in this training are well learned. Make sure you train your dog with a soft hand and he will continue to serve you unselfishly for as long as he is able.