We all want to have a good relationship with our family pet, but for this to happen it requires a mutual respect from both the owner and the dog.
This can be greatly improved with training.
For some pet owners it can become a challenging experience, especially if you are dealing with a dog with behavioral problems such as aggression or anxiety.
If your dog possesses any such issues it would be beneficial for both you and your dog to deal with these first before proceeding to teach any dog commands.
1. The Sit Command
The first and probably most recognized of all dog commands is Sit. Recommended by experts the Sit command is an essential part of showing your dog that you are in charge. This command can be used to assert yourself when your dog is misbehaving, or if you have guests come over and they become too excitable.
You can teach this command fairly easily using a tasty dog treat or even one of their favorite chew toys. With your dog facing forward, hold the treat close to the top of their nose between the eyes. Slowly but surely move the treat upwards making sure the treat is the main focus. As your dogs head lifts, their rear end should naturally come down into a sitting position. As this happens say the word Sit so that they learn to associate it with this action.
Praise your dog for sitting and then give them the treat (or toy) to reward their behavior. Repeat this exercise several times a day and your dog will soon be capable of sitting on their own.
2. Come or Here (Come Here Boy!)
This command is a must when out and about walking. It can be quite a stressful and worrying experience to allow them of the leash for the first time. Many owners tend to panic and get to possessive, but remember dogs need their freedom and to fully trust them they need to learn. Saying come is ideal when you want them to return to you during a long walk. Just be sure to practice frequently around the house before you are ready to try outside.
3. The Simple No Command
Many owners use either No or Stop. It all depends on which word your pet responds to first. Both of them work equally as well. You should use the No command if your dog is misbehaving or demonstrating aggressive behavior. You should never strike your pet, but instead use a more assertive tone of voice to let your dog know you are serious.
4. The Off Command
Saying off to your pooch is normally used when they get overly excited. In many cases they could repeatedly jump on you when you enter the room. Other situations might involve them jumping on the furniture with muddy paws that can lead to a big mess. When they jump on you or a couch you should immediately sit them down gently and say off, again use a strong tone of voice so they can understand the severity of the situation.
5. Lie Down Command
This is the equivalent of humans needing a time out. You will hear lie down been shouted on times when your lovable pet gets a bit to wild. It could be around other dogs, or when you are out walking and they become hyperactive. This command shows them its simply time to relax, stop your behavior and control yourself. Its recommendable to teach this the same time you show them how to sit. Just be sure to have some treats on stand by so they wont forget in a hurry.
6. Drop it Command
There are certain situations when you have to remove an object from the clasp of your dogs jaws. Teaching them the drop command is a great way to cure this. The next time your dog has a toy in its mouth, place a treat in front of their nose and ask them to drop. Chances are your dog will drop the toy to retrieve the treat. If successful reward them and then repeat the exercise several times. It truly is essential to learn this as early as possible, as dogs are prone to picking up a lot of objects around the house and on their travels.
7. Teach them their Name
Sometimes we need to hear our own name to realize something serious is happening. The same applies for dogs, as soon as they understand their own name they will quickly respond to it. You can call them when they are running to far away from their leash, or just get them to come to you for dinner. Mix and match their name with other commands to see what works best for your new family member and give them time to learn.
Dogs really are mans best friend. If you put in all the time and effort to help them learn these dog commands, the end result will be a happier home life for both you and your dog.