In order to have a well-behaved companion that is easy to control, it’s essential to teach your dog key commands. These basic training commands are an effective way to help keep your dog calm, well behaved and ordered. More so, these training commands can help assist with a range of common canine behavior problems.
Before beginning dog training, it’s essential to remember that it’s going to take time; therefore, patience, as well as a positive, easygoing attitude, is essential. You don’t need to go to a trainer; all of these commands are very easy to teach your dog and a great way to bond and have fun with your dog.
Here are some of the easiest and best dog training commands to teach your dog
The Sit Command
The sit command is perhaps one of the very first commands to teach your dog; the main reason for this is that it’s easy for beginners. It’s a useful command for a range of situations, for instance getting your dog to sit is useful when you may be serving their food or perhaps when they are jumping up at people. It’s a great way to maintain order in a wide range of situations.
You will need treats to train your dog to obey the sit command. Then you simply allow him to smell the treat in your hand, raise it up and away from his head and has his nose begins to follow he should naturally lower his bottom. At this point direct him to sit and once he has rewarded him with the treat and lots of praise. In order to get him used to sit on command, you will need to be persistent and repeat these steps several times over many weeks.
The Stay Command
This command is useful in situations that require your dog to maintain their distance. For instance when answering the door or dealing with anyone who may be fearful of dogs.
This good news is that this command is taught in a similar manner to the sit command, with the use of treats. Firstly, you put a treat near their nose to elicit some attention, you then instruct them to sit and then stay by speaking it loudly and clearly. You then take a few steps back and if they do stay in their original position, you reward them with the treat. If he doesn’t understand and begins to move, you say no and repeat it until it sticks.
This does require patience, but it will all be worth it in the end. Remember to always to reward your companion, even if they only manage to stay very briefly.
The Down Command
This is typically one of the more challenging commands to teach dogs since it’s considered a passive position. Still, with persistence, your dog will be following the command in no time at all. Throughout this training, ensure you are in a positive mood and keep your stance friendly.
First things first, you’re going to need their favorite treat, preferably a smelly one. Then allow him to smell the treat in your palm, then close your fist and place it on the ground. His head should follow the smell of the treat; at this point slide your hand along the ground, which should cause his body to follow. Once positioned on the ground, give him the treat and lots of affection.
Practice makes perfect, so try to repeat this daily. If he tries to take the treat say no and repeat, but never attempt to force him to the ground. It may take time, but he will eventually work it out.
The Leave It Command
This an essential command for all responsible dog owners. It helps to keep your dog safe and prevent them from eating anything and everything when you’re outside on a walk.
To easily train your dog to leave anything you command you are going to place a treat in both of your hands. You will then allow your dog to sniff the treats in one of your clasped hands. At this point, your dog may get overexcited and react accordingly as they won’t be able to get at the treat. Instruct them to leave it and soon enough they will get bored. Once they’ve stopped responding reward them with the treat in the other hand.
It may take a while to get your dog to respond, but with repetition, he will. Once he begins to move away from the initial treat and starts giving eye contact, you’re ready to move to the next phase. For this step, you will require two types of treats, a run of the mill treat and one that they love.
Again say clearly “Leave It” and put the normal everyday treat on the ground and use your hand to cover it up. Give your dog time to get bored and once they do and begin giving you eye contact reward them with affection and most importantly – the nice treat.
Next, try the same thing, only this time use the nice treat. Place it on the ground and only slightly cover it up, leaving part of it exposed. Then gradually expose more and more. After this, you are ready to do this standing, this time use your feet to cover the treats. If he manages to ignore the normal treat reward him. If he lunges for the treat, quickly cover it with your foot.
The Come Command
The Come Command is extremely important as it’s what you’ll use to keep your dog out of trouble when you’re outside. It will also ensure that they come back to you and go back on the leash when it’s time to go home.
This command is relatively straightforward to teach, in order to achieve it; you will require their leash and patience. To begin, put a collar and leash on your dog and command your dog to come towards you. You may need to encourage him by gently tugging on the leash, once he begins to approach you, reward him with a treat and praise.
Once he’s mastered it on the leash, try it in an enclosed area without the leash. Again reward him when he comes to you after hearing the “Come” command.
The Drop It Command
This is an important dog to teach early on since pups and young dogs have a tendency to pick everything up and assume they are chewing toys. This will help protect your valuables and keep your dog safe in the event they pick up something potentially harmful.
This command is taught in much the same way as the latter come command, with the use of both a good everyday treat and a treat they absolutely love. With the treats in both of your clasped hands, you will at first allow your dog to smell them. Next, you will open the hand with the regular treat and instruct your dog to take it. Immediately after this, ask them to drop it while presenting the better treat to him, this should encourage him to do so as he will see it as equal or better value. If he does drop the first treat then reward him with his favorite treat and lots of affection.
The Heel Command
This command is important for initial dog training and will teach your dog to stop pulling on the leash. It will also come in handy throughout your dog’s life, especially if they are particularly excitable or energetic dog or a dog prone to chase cats.
To carry out this dog training, you will need to walk normally with your dog on the leash, only this time hold the leash with your right hand and pull it on your left, then after a while, command your dog to sit. Then give him a treat as a reward.
Next, you will need to reinforce the heel command, repeat the sit command, but this time reinforces the command heel once he has sat.
Keeping a secret treat in your hand continue walking, then raise the treat up so he can see it and he should start to sit automatically in response. Praise him and provide a treat to reinforce this good behavioral response.
Over time, this will teach your dog to respond to your commands when outside and on the leash. It’s a great way to bring some order back into your daily routine.