Training your Boston Terrier can be a real challenge, but it can also be very rewarding. Teaching your pup the “Bring It Here” command is a great way to start!
This simple command will give you control of your pup and help you keep an eye on them when they are running around outside.
Here’s a step-by-step guide with detailed instructions on how to teach your Boston terrier to bring it here.
Teaching Your Boston Terrier The Bring It Here Command
Why teach your Boston Terrier the bring it here command?
The number one reason you want to teach your Boston the bring it here command is it can keep them safe. My Boston Terrier Bella would often have something under the kitchen table, where I can’t reach here. Saying this simple command gets her out from under the table with object in hand, usually food wrappers :).
Teaching this command also helps establish you as the leader and build trust between you and your pup.
How long will it take to teach my Boston Terrier the bring it here command?
It is going to take, on average, 12+ tries before your Boston is going to pick up on this new command.
These findings come from a poll conducted on the Boston Terrier Society’s Twitter community. With over 44+ Boston Parents responding, the majority state it takes their Boston 12+ attempts before they learn a new command.
See the poll here…I may have spelled try funny, but the information is all the same 🙂
Tips For Training
- Use positive reinforcement such as treats or praise when they bring the item you asked for.
- Make sure to use the same cue word each time, don’t switch it up.
- Keep your training sessions short and sweet – no more than 10-15 minutes per session.
- Be consistent in your training practice.
- Don’t be discouraged if your pup doesn’t pick it up right away, keep at it and they will learn eventually!
What not to do while training my Boston Terrier this command!
It is important to remember that while training your Boston Terrier the bring it here command, you should not use negative reinforcement as this will only create confusion and distrust in the relationship between you and your pup. It is also important not to give too many commands or confuse them by switching up cues. Keep instructions clear and concise, but provide enough praise when they do it correctly. Finally, don’t rush the process or set unrealistic expectations.
Step by Step – How to teach your Boston the Bring It Here command
Step 1: Start With A Treat
Before starting any training with your Boston, make sure you have treats and toys ready. You’ll need both for this exercise.
Start by giving your dog a treat and then quickly throw the toy away from where you are standing. If your pup runs after the toy, gently call their name and say “Bring it here!” as they approach you.
As soon as they drop the toy in front of you, offer them another treat as a reward for their good behavior.
Step 2: Increase Distance
Once your pup has mastered bringing the toy back when it’s right in front of you, increase the distance between you and the toy every time you throw it. Again, if they run after it, call their name and yell “Bring It Here” while they’re running towards it. Once they drop the toy at your feet again, give them another treat as a reward for getting it right!
Keep increasing the distance each time until they are able to bring the toy from across the room or yard without any issue.
Step 3: Tease Them With The Toy
Once your pup has mastered bringing the toy from longer distances, start teasing them with it! Hide behind furniture or around corners then call out “Bring It Here!” When they come looking for you, show them the toy and encourage them to bring it back to you with praise and more treats when they do so successfully!
Make sure to take breaks during this part of training so that both of you can relax throughout this process.
Teaching your Boston Terrier “Bring It Here” is one of many important commands that will help keep them safe and secure in all sorts of situations. With consistency, patience, and some yummy treats, teaching this command should be relatively easy (and fun!) for both owner and pet alike! Good luck!
If you want to learn more commands and tricks you can teach your Boston Terrier, be sure to visit our article, 49 Commands And Tricks You Can Teach Your Boston!