Dogs are human’s best friend, but sometimes they could be a problem for your family members or your neighbors. Your dog should be socialized, disciplined and controlled. Dog obedience training can solve most of the behavioral problems. As a responsible owner and a member of the neighborhood, you need to mold your furry friend to become well-behaved. Although dogs are so smart that they can learn hundreds of commands, only a few basic ones are needed to make them safe when being around other people and animals. It is never too late for your dogs to learn, but the earlier the better. Let’s identify some basic but essential commands you can teach your dogs.
This is one of the easiest commands to teach your dog, so you’d better start with this one. First, hold a treat close to the dog’s face, then slowly lift the treat above the dog’s head. He will probably sit as he lifts its head to try to catch the treat. Once he’s in sitting position, you finally give the command “Sit”, then immediately give him the treat and show affection for the dog.
The “come” command is helpful to protect your dog from getting into trouble, like bringing him back when you accidentally lose grip on the leash. You can put a collar and a leash on your dog, and then ask him to “come” while gently pulling on the leash a little. As he comes to you, it is important to reward him with a treat.
Before attempting this command, you should teach your dog to master the “Sit” command. Ask the dog to “sit”, and then hand him a treat close to the nose. Once the dog can stay for several seconds, say “stay” and begin adding some distance by taking one or two steps back. If your dog stays, reward him with a treat. Then repeat this exercise while gradually increasing the number of steps.
This command can keep your dog safe when he is trying to eat something possibly dangerous on the ground. To teach your dog this command, start by holding treats on both hands. Then put one enclosed fist close to the dog’s face for him to smell or lick it. Give the “leave it” command. Eventually, he will lose the interest and stop trying and that’s when you offer the treat that you are holding in the other closed hand.
This command is very helpful to calm down a dog when he’s being too excited. To train this, get your dog into the sit position. Hold the treat with a hand, move it closer to the dog’s nose. When he sniffs it, gradually lower your hand toward the ground, so your dog will follow. Slide your hand along the floor in the front of him to encourage his body to follow his head. Once your dog gets into the down position, say “Down”, then give him the treat.
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