5 Basic Commands For Your Dog

So your thinking of training your dog right? why do you have to train your dog? Well, there are times when dog begins to misbehave so this command helps to keep them in check.

5 Basic Commands For Your Dog

Sit

This is the first and the most basic commands you can give your pup and this determine if the dog would be able to take on more advanced commands

Here’s how to teach your dog the “Sit” command:

  • Hold an objectclose to your dog’s nose.
  • Move your hand up, allowing his head to follow the treat and causing his bottom to lower.
  • Once he’s in sitting position, say “Sit,” give him the treat, and share affection.

Continue this sequence daily and tell your dog to sit whilst you go out for a walk.

Come

This command is very important especially those moments when you loose the leash on the dog or you forgot to place a leash on it.

  • Put a leash and collar on your dog.
  • Go down to his level and say, “Come,” while gently pulling on the leash.
  • When he gets to you, reward him with affection and a treat.

Once your dog has mastered this command continue to practise with him in an enclosed space.

Down

This command is qute difficult for dogs, because it has to be in a submissive position for the dog to get this command.

Don’t forget to praise and congratulate your dog when it gets it right.

  • Find a particularly good smelling treat, and hold it in your closed fist.
  • Hold your hand up to your dog’s snout. When he sniffs it, move your hand to the floor, so he follows.
  • Then slide your hand along the ground in front of him to encourage his body to follow his head.
  • Once he’s in the down position, say “Down,” give him the treat, and share affection.

Stay

This is quite similar to the “Sit” command and this command helps you put the dog a position when you are busy or want to do some house chores.

  • First, ask your dog to “Sit.”
  • Then open the palm of your hand in front of you, and say “Stay.”
  • Take a few steps back. Reward him with a treat and affection if he stays.
  • Gradually increase the number of steps you take before giving the treat.
  • Always reward your pup for staying put — even if it’s just for a few seconds.

Leave It

This is quite useful command, especially when the dog wants to pick dangerous item. And this command can be spiced up if you let the dog knows it gets a reward for leaving the other items.

  • Place a treat in both hands.
  • Show him one enclosed fist with the treat inside and say “Leave it.”
  • Ignore the behaviors as he licks, sniffs, mouths, paws and barks to get the treat.
  • Once he stops trying, give him the treat from the other hand.
  • Repeat until your dog moves away from that first fist when you say “Leave it.”
  • Next, give your dog the treat only when he looks up at you as he moves away from the first fist.

Once your dog consistently moves away from the first treat and gives you eye contact when you say the command, you’re ready to take it up a notch. For this next training method, use two different treats: one that’s good but not super-appealing and one that’s particularly good-smelling and tasty for your pup.

  • Say “Leave it,” place the less-attractive treat on the floor and cover it with your hand.
  • Wait until your dog ignores that treat and looks at you. Then remove that treat from the floor, give him the better treat and share affection immediately.
  • Once he’s got it, place the less-tasty treat on the floor but don’t completely cover it with your hand. Instead, hold your hand a little bit above the treat. Over time, gradually move your hand farther and farther away until your hand is about 6 inches above.
  • Now he’s ready to practice with you standing up! Follow the same steps, but if he tries to snatch the less-tasty treat, cover it with your foot.

Dont rush this process as it takes sometime to be fully grasped by the dog.

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