22 Sep The 4 Essential Obedience Commands To Teach Your Pet Dog
Every dog needs training. As a responsible dog owner, dog training should be the first few things you’ll want to check off your checklist once you’ve brought your pup home. Basic dog training not only helps you to navigate through the relationship with your beloved pet, but it also helps to keep both you and your pet safe in emergency situations. Moreover, having it learn and execute these commands is the first step to building a strong and positive behavioural position.
On the surface, basic dog training can appear to be either very simple or extremely difficult, and this is highly dependent on your dog’s disposition. Regardless of your dog’s quirks and temperament, recognise that training can take a lot of work. It’ll require a substantial amount of time and effort, and you may even run into roadblocks but don’t be too frustrated. You can always seek help from a professional trainer who is more well-averse in dog behaviour and training.
That said, if you want to try your hands on the basic commands, then look no further! We’ll give you a rundown and tips on how you can get your dogs to execute these commands perfectly.
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All training should be reward-based – with the reward being things that they like, such as their favourite treats or toys. The better the reward, the more your dog will enjoy the training and thus, will be more likely to do it again.
Ensure that the reward is also accompanied by praises vocalised in a high pitch and tell your dog it’s doing a great job. This will reinforce its eagerness to learn and practise the commands. Try to also refrain from touching the dog whilst it munches away at its treat, and opt to pat your leg instead.
Dog Obedience Command #1: Sit
Since this is the easiest dog command to teach, you may want to start your training with this command. Simply hold your dog’s favourite treat close to its nose, allowing it to take a sniff. Hover the treat above its nose, such that it has to stretch its neck to look and take a sniff. Due to its skeletal structure, this will put a strain if the dog continues to be on all fours. Thus, it will naturally lower its bottom and once it’s at that position, say “sit,” before rewarding your dog with a treat.
Dog Obedience Command #2: Come
One of the most important commands to teach your dog, command helps to keep the dog out of trouble. In the instance where you lose the grip on the leash or accidentally left the front door open, you can easily bring your dog back to you.
The first thing you’d want to do is to put a long leash and collar on your dog. Holding onto the leash (ensure that it’s slack) and walk a few steps away. Next, go down to his level, call out his name and say “come.” Do this as you gently pull on the leash. When your dog gets the hint, it will go to you and when he does so, reward him with his favourite treat. Do this a few times, increasing the distance between you and your pet every time.
Once your dog has mastered it, you can now remove the leash and practise the command with a greater distance in a safe and enclosed area.
Dog Obedience Command #3: Lie Down
This particular command can be one of the more challenging ones as it puts your dog in a submissive posture. However, once your dog has learnt how to sit, this command will come naturally for your dog.
First, get your dog in a sitting position and hold a treat close to its nose to let it take a whiff. Then, slowly move the treat down to the floor, ensuring that your pet follows suit. Do this until it lies down and once it does, say “down,” and give it the treat it’s been waiting for.
If your dog tries to sit up or lunges towards you, give a resounding “no,” and pull back your hand. It’ll take a few tries to get it right and repeat this every single day.
Dog Obedience Command #4: Stay
Before attempting to teach your dog, ensure that your dog knows to sit. Once you’ve got them at that position, present your palm in front of them and say “stay.” Next, put distance between yourself and your dog by taking a few steps back. If your dog tries to get walk towards you, put up your hand again and tell it to stay.
This is where you’ll want to introduce a release word that signals that they could move from their position. These words can be “Free,” “Release,” or even “OK.” Whatever your release word may be, establishing a definite beginning and end will give your dog a clearer picture as to what is going on.
Thus, once you’ve given the command to stay, immediately follow it with your release word before giving your dog its reward. Ensure that you don’t have the treat in your hand or it’ll try to move towards you. Also, make sure to not let your dog to always come to you, or it’ll anticipate recall. Thus, always return to him instead the other way around. Continue this practice and gradually increase the number of steps and duration before giving it treats.
Training takes a lot of time and patience, but it has to be done if you’re a pet owner. After all, the responsibility of owning a pet includes giving your pet proper training and opportunities to socialise with both humans and other animals. After all, you wouldn’t want your pet dog to injure other animals at a grooming centre or a pet boarding facility.
Thus, before considering adopting a pet dog from your local facility with pet adoption services, take into account the time and effort you can invest in your dog. You will want to look into not only your lifestyle but also your financial capacity. Ensuring your furkid is happy, healthy and well-socialised will be a herculean challenge but it’s guaranteed to be worth it.