This is is a cue that isn’t very well known but in this article, we’re going to show you how to teach a dog to relax.
However, it’s not the cue to use situations of high anxiety or excitement, no dog can go from crazy to calm the moment you ask them to.
This exercise needs your dog to calm herself, and we do it by what’s called ‘catching’ the behaviour which essentially means catching her in the act.
Here’s how to do it:
OK, OK we admit it,
The training methods we write about here at Pet Checkers aren’t our own.
They are the positive re-enforcement methods of world-renowned dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell.
How to Teach a Dog to Relax, Step-by-Step
When you see your dog in a completely relaxed state, lying on her side you have ‘caught’ the behaviour, now it’s time to train her.
She should lie on her side.
When she responds, gently praise her and stroke her.
Because of the nature of ‘catching’ the behavior, the relax cue does take a little time to learn.
Once she’s got the hang of it, you’ll be able to get her to relax in more distracting environments. However, don’t waste the effectiveness of this command by asking her to relax in situations when she’s clearly not able to.
If you want your dog to completely relax while she’s at the vet’s or in similarly vulnerable situations, she needs to have 100% trust in you as her owner and handler.
Trust built through consistent training, understanding, and love.
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So, we’ve shown you how to teach your dog to relax and now it’s your turn.
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