Top 10 Dog Training Commands

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Bringing a new dog home is an exciting thing for most dog owners; however, most people do not understand that it is the beginning of great hard work to train the dog. Dog training does not have to be difficult; it can be fun and easy for both the dog and its owner. The first thing that you need to do is to give your dog a name, the name will help you get started with training your dog. To avoid feeling frustrated and to make dog training easy, you need to start by training your dog some basic commands. Here are some great dog training commands to use during dog training.

1. Watch me

This command is very important when training your dog. It should be one of the first commands to train your dog. This command helps you get the attention of your dog. To teach your dog this command, you can use a dog treat. Hold the treat in your hand and raise it slowly towards your forehead as you say the command ‘watch me’. After a while, stop using the treat and say the command as you lift your hand towards your forehead.

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2. Stand

The stand command is another very important command that helps your dog learn to stand when you want him to stand. To teach your dog this command, you will need to place your hand under the belly of your dog and pull him up while saying the command. When the dog stands, reward him with a treat and repeat the process until the dog is able to obey the command.

3. Sit

The sit command is a very important command for dog owners. This command can help dog owners manage unwanted behavior in their dogs. To train your dog this command, hold a treat on your hand and move your hand in front of your dog’s nose. Move the hand towards your dog’s head and repeat the command. The dog will move backwards into a sit. Repeat this until the dog is able to learn the command and remember to reward or praise the dog each time he obeys the command.

4. Lie Down

Just like the sit command, the lie down command can help manage unwanted behavior in dogs. To teach your dog this command, place your hand on the back of your dog and say the command as you slowly push the dog to the floor. Don’t apply much force; gently push the dog to make it lie down. When the dog has laid down, remove your hand from his back and when he attempts to raise up, place your hand on his back again and repeat the command. Repeat the process until the dog has mastered the command.

5. Stay

The stay command is another very important command that can help prevent your dog from running into dangerous situations. To train your dog this command, make him sit next to you and place your hand in front of him and say the command. Take a step or two from him and keep saying the command. When the dog moves, return to his side and repeat the process. Reward the dog each time he stays even if it’s for some seconds.

6. Come

This is another very important command that can help you manage your dog especially if he is not leashed. To teach your dog this command, have him sit in front of you when he is leashed. Have a treat on one hand and use the watch me command to get the dog’s attention. Squat so as to make it easier to communicate with the dog and say the command, “Come!” When the dog obeys the command, reward him with a treat and praise him. Keep

7. Leave It

This command is used to tell the dog not to pick something it is approaching. This command can help prevent your dog from eating something that is harmful to the dog or prevent the dog from destroying things in the house. To teach your dog this command, have him sit and place a dog toy or a treat in front of him and say the command. If the dog moves towards the treat or toy cover it with your hand to prevent the dog from picking it. Remove your hand and each time the dog attempts to pick the treat, say the command.

8. Drop It

The command is used to tell the dog to let go of anything that he has picked up in his mouth. This command can prevent your dog from eating something that is harmful to him. To train your dog this command, have him pick up a toy and say the command and take the toy from the dog’s mouth and drop it. Repeat this until the dog is able to learn the command. Remember to reward the dog and praise him each time he obeys the command.

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9. With Me

This is a popular command especially amongst dog owners who take their dogs for walks. This command helps the dog owners keep their dogs from pulling on the leash. To train your dog this command, stand with your dog beside you and have a treat places before the dog at a distance. When the dog starts moving towards the treat use the command and gently pull the leash to return the dog to the position it was as you repeat the command. Repeat the process until the dog is able to understand and follow the command.

10. Wait

This command tells the dog not to move until you ask him to. This command can make it easier for you to manage the dog and prevent it from indulging in behaviors that could cause them harm. To train your dog this command, follow the procedure you used to train it with me command only this time use “wait!”

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