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Dog Training: Teach Your Dog 5 Basic Commands

Dog Training: Teach Your Dog 5 Basic Commands
Dog Training

Whether you want your dog to take part in competitive obedience or you just want your dog to behave well, basic training is a must. Basic training commands ensure the dog behaves well and represents himself in the best light. However, the utility of these commands doesn’t end there. Basic commands can prevent your dog from eating something toxic or poisonous or get into dangerous situations.

Dog Training: What You Need And What To Expect?

Training a dog and teaching him new commands and tricks is not an easy task. Even the smartest dogs will struggle at first to understand what you want from them. Therefore, before you start any training, prepare yourself mentally for the obstacles that lie ahead. During the training, you need to be calm, relaxed, patient, and understanding. Also, you need to be persistent and not give up after only a few repetitions. Dogs are intelligent animals and if you are doing the training step-by-step without rushing it, eventually they will learn.

5 Basic Commands For Dogs

There are five basic commands every dog should learn. These are:

Sit

The “Sit” command is a great tool in the command arsenal. For example, if you want to prevent your dog from jumping on the guests when greeting them.

1. Hold a treat in front of the dog’s nose.

2. Motion up and up and back at 45° angle.

3. Dog will follow the treat, bending his head back until he eventually sits.

4. As soon as the dog sits, say the word “Sit,” give him a treat, and praise him.

5. Repeat this process couple of times.

6. Now try to show the dog treat, but don’t lure him.

7. Give the command “Sit” and wait until he sits then reward him with a treat and praise him.

8. Repeat this until the dog reliably sits on your command

Stay

Now that your dog knows the “Sit” command, it’s time for a “Stay” command.

1. Give the “Sit” command.

2. As the dog sits, hold open palm in front of his face and say “Stay.”

3. If the dog stays still for a few seconds reward him with treats and praise him.

4. Repeat this process several times.

5. Now, take one step back and ask your dog to stay.

6. Gradually increase distance and duration.

The most important thing when training your dog the “Stay” command is to not rush things. Gradually increase the distance between you and the dog, and the time you ask of him to stay still. 

Come

To teach your dog the “Come” command, you can play a game of hide-and-seek. Let someone hold the dog while you hide somewhere in the house. Then say the word “Come” and let the dog find you and come to you. As soon as he comes to you, praise him and give him the treat. Repeat this several times until your dog reliably follows your command.

Lie Down 

1. Give a “Sit” command.

2. When your dog sits, show him the treat.

3. Hold a treat in front of his nose.

4. Move the treat straight down to the floor between the dog’s paws.

5. The dog will likely lie down on the floor following the treat.

6. As soon as the dog lies on the floor, say “Lie down,” praise him and give him a treat.

7. Repeat the process until the dog reliably follows the command.

Leave It

Leave it command is particularly useful when you want to prevent your dog from eating something that could cause him harm.

1. Hold some object in the palm of your hand.

2. When the dog reaches for the object close the palm and pull away and say the command “Leave it.”

3. Repeat the step until the dog stops reaching for the object.

4. Now it’s time to leave the object on the floor.

5. As soon as the dog reaches for it, cover the object with your hand.

6. Repeat this process until the dog stops reaching for the object.

7. Now say the command “Leave it” just before you place the object on the floor.

8. If the dog starts backing off, immediately reward him with praise and treats.

9. Repeat this process until the dog reliably follows your command.