I currently own three dogs, a Great Dane and two Merimers. The Great Dane is around 11 or 12 years old which is very old for a large dog (they normally live till 10 years) yet she is still very active and despite her hair turning grey she acts like a puppy. The two Merimers are 8 and 6 months old and it is time for me to begin training. With Morleigh (my Great Dane) I took her to a professional dog training class and ensured that she understood the basic commands. Since that time I have read a book or two on the subject and I feel that I may be able to do the training for my new dogs.
I initiated proper training for George (my male Merimer puppy) yesterday. This training consisted of the initial command “Sit”. I had a pocket full of dog jerky treats and I used tiny parts of the food to reward him when he followed my command to sit. I also used this as a way to walk away from him and call him to me, to re-enforce the fact that he should be coming when called. I ran this training for around 5 minutes and I intend to repeat this every few days to make sure he has grasped this command. Once I am happy he can follow the “sit” command, I will begin work on the “stay” command. I can then tell him to sit and stay, then introduce the “come” command.
In addition to the above, I also need to work on George’s leash skills. George is very reluctant to be led on the leash. Once I have established that I am the one giving the commands I will work on training him with a leash.
This all is in aid of keeping George on the property and his job as our guard dog. He has developed a tendency to run off the property when he hears a car drive past, often chasing it. I am about to install a Pet-Safe underground fencing system to make sure he does not leave the property. He is a very good guard dog, I just need to make sure he doesn’t leave the property he is meant to be guarding.
I would like to also add that this is a skill I have added to my 13 skills in 2013 challenge. I am a long way from having this skill completed.