New dog owners can sometimes get overwhelmed with basic commands when training their dogs. It is a common misconception that it will be easy to train once you have a puppy. Wrong!
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Dogs are different from humans. You cannot train a dog like you would teach a child. Dogs have their own basic commands and way of learning.
We should make sure that our efforts in teaching them are worth it.
Teach your dog the ‘sit’ command. It is one of the many basic commands. When they sit down, praise them with a treat or pet. This is one of the most important commands to have in your dog training arsenal because it teaches many obedience skills. These include listening and following orders.
It also teaches you how to control your dog when he/she wants to move about and run away from you or any other obstacles around you.
For your dog to be taught this command, say “sit” and hold the treat by their nose. Move your hand in an arc above their head. This will help them slip into the sitting position. Then, use a lot of treats and repeat the process till they get accustomed to it.
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Teach your dog the silence command at the earliest. When you teach your dog the basic commands, you want them to be a great listener.
You need to do this as early as possible in their life because it can have an enormous impact on them. Especially when they are exposed to situations where they need to be quiet and not disturb others with their noises.
You should use this exercise for everyday training. It helps them learn how to listen and obey commands without getting too excited about things that make noise, such as toys, people talking, barking, cars honking.
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Next, you want to teach your dog the ‘come’ command so that he/she will be able to recognize it and know what it means. This command is useful if you are not present or when the dog is in a public place, or someone other than you calls out “come” for him/her to follow.
You must teach this command to your dog on day one of training as it sets the foundation for all other basic commands to follow. These include sitting, down, and staying.
The goal behind this training method is to have your dog stand/sit still while it waits for you to give it the ‘come’ command.
The ‘Look’ command is very basic and beneficial when you need your dog’s immediate attention. The ‘Look’ command is used in many situations – such as when you want to stop your dog from jumping on you or wanting them to come back inside after outdoor playtime.
For example, when your dog goes outside, you call out and tell him/her that they need to come back into the house. You give him the ‘Look’ command (or a specific hand signal). Your dog looks at you in obedience and returns indoors.
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5. Leave It
‘Leave it’ is another command picked from the basic commands that focuses the dog`s attention on yourself. This gives the owner more control over what the dog does.
It comes in handy when the dog picks up unnecessary belongings or tries to grab some extra treats.
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