15 Essential Commands to teach Your Dog

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The first thing a dog needs to learn is the essential discipline and respect that is wholly defined by the energy and basic directions the owner gives to his dog – however a dog that is disciplined needs also a basic training that any owner can offer him as a form of avoiding dogs behavioral problems that he might end up being in.

Keep in mind, the following commands, if appropriately applied by the Dog owner can be very fun for the dog and the owner too as well as will make both lives easier and lot more enjoyable.

BEFORE STARTING TO TEACH YOUR DOG’S COMMANDS

  • Be patient and regular
  • Not to push the dog too hard at the start
  • Find a quiet place for the exercises – to avoid distractions
  • Make learning sessions short and simple
  • Make training exercises consistent and a regular thing
  • Never punish your dog
  • Practice at home or garden first before exercising commands publicly
  • Reward the dog for being good
  • Show him what you want him to know- force will not help
  • Teach the dog new commands as soon as he properly learns an old one
  • Make training fun & entertaining
  • Involve yourself in training exercises, not just the dog – he needs a friend to play with

Below is a list with 15 essential dog commands that every dog owner needs.

1. “WATCH ME” COMMAND

To teach this command to your dog, you should keep the eye contact with the dog, while offering a great treat that you hold in your hand and moving the hand from the dogs nose upwards your face – so to be easy for the dog to watch you & when he watches at you give the command “Watch me”.

Repeat this exercise several times daily until the dog is adequately trained at this. Try to avoid using a treat as a distraction when the dog learns the practice, only use it as a reward.

This command is much needed to get the dog’s attention, and it is the bridge for teaching him other commands.

2. “SIT” COMMAND

This is another command that can be taught by putting the dog a treat close to his nose (to smell it better), moving the treat up – so he will follow the treat. The dog, however, cannot catch the treat, as it is naturally in a sitting position that allows him to pull his head high for following the treat & this is the moment you finally give the command “Sit” – accompanied with the treat & by showing affection for the dog. Then the exercise must be repeated until the dog learns the command appropriately.

This command is particularly necessary because through it you can prevent annoying dog behaviors such as dog stopping by to get in trouble with other dogs in the street, jumping on people when going for a walk. By giving this command, the dog will sit and will not move from the existing position. Release or set the dog free with an “Okay” or “Brake”.

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