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  Hand feeding dog gently.

Teaching
"Be Gentle"

"Be Gentle" is a very important command. It teaches your dog to take things from you gently, without grabbing or being rough. You can say, "Gentle", or "Easy", if you prefer.
Boy rewarding his dog with a treat.
You can teach your dog not to grab wherever you are.
With a command like "Be Gentle", it is best to plan your teaching session. This means that you decide when you are going to teach it to your dog. Follow the steps below to teach your dog to be gentle.

 

Your dog will be less likely to grab things from other people when he learns to be gentle, especially if other members in your family practice it, too.

This command is helpful when you give your dog a bone to eat or play with. It helps when you are giving him anything that he might put into his mouth.

 Teach your dog not to grab.
 

Hand feeding a golden.

When your dog learns to be gentle, he becomes a much better pet. He learns to respect you as his leader and friend. He will have good manners when your parents have company and you have friends to your house.

 

 

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Be careful not to tease your dog with this lesson. Always give him the treat as soon as he is being gentle. Then take a break and praise him in other ways such as playing fetch or hugging and kissing. Always stop if your dog isn't cooperating.

Here are some of our favorite training books written for kids:

       

 

 

 

Obedience Lessons
Getting Started
Sit
Come
Stay
Lie Down
Wait
Walk on a Leash
Better Go Now
Off
Stand
Leave It
Watch Me
Be Gentle
Move, Please
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