One of the responsibilities of having a miniature Aussie is teaching him to obey some basic commands like “sit”, “stay”, and “lie down”. Here are a few ways you can use in teaching your miniature Australian Shepherd dog new tricks.
Teaching your dog to follow the command “sit”.
Take your miniature Aussie to a place where there is not as much distraction. Get his attention by saying his name or by showing a treat in your hand. Now choose a gesture that you want to associate with the command “sit”, like clicks, a short whistle, or a certain hand gesture. When you’re doing this gesture, say the word “sit” then move the treat you’re holding over your mini Aussie’s head and let him follow it with his eyes. The dog’s normal reaction to this is to sit so he would to be able to lean his head back further. When your dog is doing the “sit” position praise him and give your miniature Aussie his treat.
Teaching your dog to follow the command “lie down”.
Show the treat in your hand and then lay the treat on the ground just in front of your miniature Aussie as you say the word “lie down”. Now use a hand gesture while saying the word “lie down”. Your dog won’t like to sprain his back and neck when reaching straight down so close to his body. When your miniature Aussie is able to follow your command properly give him a treat.
Teaching your dog to follow the command “stay”.
It is important that your miniature Aussie is able to follow the “sit” and “lie down” command before you can teach him to follow the “stay” command. Put a leash on your dog then gently pull it straight to send him the signal you don’t want him to walk. Right away use a hand gesture for the “stay” command while saying the word “stay” then slowly allow the leash to loosen. If your dog stands up, say the word “no” then begin again. If your miniature Aussie does not get up, try to walk away and don’t look back at your dog. When your dog follows you, say the word “no” then begin again. After a few practices your miniature Aussie will surely understand what the command “stay” means.
Repetition is the secret in teaching your miniature Australian Shepherd dog new tricks. Use the new trick always when your dog is able to follow it. Otherwise, the dog will probably forget what to do.