5 Essential Commands You Can Teach Your Dog

Having a trained dog is not the same as a balanced dog, but if your dog knows some basic commands, it can be useful when dealing with problematic behaviors, both existing and that could develop in the future.

So where do you start with dog obedience training? You could take a lesson, but it’s not necessary; You can do it by yourself. In fact, with the right attitude, it can be fun for you and your dog!

Sit

This is one of the easiest dog obedience commands to teach, so it’s good to start.

*Keep a surprise near your dog’s nose.
*Move your hand up, letting your head follow the treatment and lower your back.
* Once seated, say “Sit”, give the prize and share affection.
Repeat this sequence several times a day until your dog dominates it. So, ask your dog to sit before the meal, when you go for a walk and in other situations where you would like him to be calm and seated.

Come

This command can help keep a dog out of trouble by returning it to you if you lose your leash or accidentally leave the door open open.

*Put a leash and a collar on your dog.
*Go down to your level and say “Come” while you gently pull the leash.
*When it comes to you, reward him with affection and a gift.
After learning it with the strap, remove it and practice the command in a safe and closed area.

Down

This can be one of the most difficult commands in dog obedience training. Why? Because the position is a submissive position. You can help by maintaining a positive and relaxed workout, especially with fearful or anxious dogs.

*Find a gift that smells particularly good and keep it in your closed fist.
*Raise your hand on your dog’s face. When you feel it, move your hand to the floor to follow it.
*Then slide your hand over the floor in front of him to encourage his body to follow his head.
*Once in the low position, say “Giù”, give the prize and share the affection.

Repeat every day. If your dog tries to sit down or rushes towards your hand, say “No” and remove your hand. Don’t push it down and encourage every step your dog takes in the right position. After all, he’s working hard to solve it!

Stay

Before trying, make sure your dog is an expert in the “Sit” command.

*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 it with a gift and affection if it remains.
*Gradually increase the number of steps you take before awarding the prize.
*Always press your puppy to stay, even if it’s only for a few seconds.
This is an exercise in self-control for your dog, so don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to master it, especially for high-energy puppies and dogs. After all, they want to be on the move and not just sit there and wait.

Leave It

This can help keep your dog safe when your curiosity catches him, as if he had a smell of something intriguing but perhaps dangerous on the ground! The goal is to teach your puppy that he gets something even better by ignoring the other element.

*Put a gift with both hands.
*Show him a clenched fist with the candies inside and say “Leave it”.
* Let him lick, sniff, mouth, legs and bark to try to get it and ignore the behaviors.
*Once you’ve stopped trying, give the other hand prize.
*Repeat until the dog moves away from the first punch when it says: “Leave it”.
*So, give your dog a gift when he gets away from the first punch and looks at you.
Once the dog is constantly away from the first treatment and makes eye contact when you say the command, you are ready to take it to a higher level. For this, use two different delicacies: one that is good and one that has a particularly good and tasty smell for your puppy.

*Say “Leave”, place the least attractive treatment on the floor and cover it with your hand.
*Wait for your dog to ignore that thing and look at you. Then remove that treatment from the floor, give it the best deal and immediately share the affection.
*Once you have it, place the least tasty treat on the floor … but don’t cover it completely with your hand. Instead, keep it a little above the surprise. Over time, gradually move your hand more and more until your hand is about 6 inches up.
*Now he is ready to practice standing with you! Follow the same steps, but if you try to tear out less tasty candies, cover them with your foot.

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