Many people think that dogs are cute when they do tricks, which may be true, but there are other reasons why your pooch needs to learn certain things. The main reason being safety! Dog training commands, if taught the right way, can save your beloved pet from nasty accidents. Here are five commands that you need to teach your dog. Teaching these necessary dog training commands to your pet can be time consuming at times, but it will all be worth the effort when you finally see the results.
Take the time to read the following information regarding dog training commands. By doing so, you will be able to ensure that your dog respects you and you will know for sure that he will listen to what you say, when you say it, without any hesitation. Teaching your dog to obey your commands will also ensure the safety of your own family, your friends and their families and any other people who you may come into contact with.
The “Sit” command
This may seem like a really plain and simple command, but it is definitely one of the most important ones to teach your dog. The whole point of getting your dog to learn this command is too keep him/her safe. It is not good enough that they sit, they need to stay in that position until they are told by you to take another action. Getting your dog to the point where he/she can stay sitting in one place until you instruct them to get up will allow you to go off and do something in an emergency, without having to worry that they will disappear into thin air. Knowing that your dog is sitting in one spot will give you the added peace of mind that he will stay safe.
This is the perfect command for situations where you need your dog to be still, like when you are loading your car with groceries or when you are caught up in crowded places and you just need your beloved pet to chill in one place. Having your dog sit in one spot while you open the car door will give you the time to get his/her leash and put it on his collar. It will also give you the peace of mind that you can actually turn around, knowing that you pooch will not run out into a busy street and possibly get injured or worse. This command also comes in handy when you are in other public places; such as the beach or parks. Your dog might be well trained, but not everyone else has obedient pets and if your dog listens to your dog training commands, you can avoid ugly confrontations with other dogs in the vicinity. So, in a nutshell, a simple three letter word can save your dogs life and save you a lot of trouble in busy situations.
The “stay” and “come” commands
Even though these are two completely opposite dog training commands, they seem to somehow work together in an odd way. The “stay” command seems a bit silly when you think that if your dog is sitting or in the “down” position already, why would he need to learn the “stay” command? Well, it is rather simple actually because this command works in places where you are not in sight as well as other areas. Just imaging yourself having to be somewhere that your dog is not allowed, like a bakery or food store. What do you do if your dog is with you? Simple, if he knows the stay command! You can leave your dog on the pavement while you go about your business, without having to worry about him. When your dog understands this command, he knows that he must not move until you tell him he can, which could be a while.
Now for the “come” command, which as we said before is the total opposite, but just as useful as the “stay” command – just in reverse. Knowing that you pooch is going to come back to your side when you call him gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling every time and it is a way to know that you can keep him safe. Getting your dog to stop whatever he is doing and run as fast as he can back to you can be a bit tricky. You will need a lot of patience, time and his favorite treat. The best way to get your dog to come back to each and every time is too have his favorite treat ready as a reward for a job well done. Only give him his treat if he comes back as soon as you call him, otherwise he will get confused and completely understand this dog training command. It is extremely important that you do this over and over until he comes back too you even when there is no treat. If he gets into the routine of doing this, it will work absolutely anywhere, under any conditions and without any treat.
The “leave it” command
This is another dog training command that can prevent your dog from being harmed. So many times we hear of dogs being poisoned by strangers who think it is funny to feed them food and treats that can actually kill them. If your dog knows how this command works, he will not take food from strangers and will not be in danger. Many dogs will have an issue with ignoring tasty snacks that are just lying around and they will still have a problem with this in the beginning stages of the training, but as time goes on, they will learn to be able to resist the temptation better with each day that passes. It is up to you to have the patience that is required to make this training a success. Using a solid “leave it” command can keep your dog away from dangers, other wildlife that could pose a threat or any other object that may be dangerous. The major bonus to this dog training command is the fact that it gives you a chance to have fun with him/her. Balancing food on their noses is not only a form of training, but also a fun thing for you and them to do.
The “wait” command
This one is a great way to get a dog to stop in his tracks without hesitation. If you teach this command to your dog in the correct way, you will be able to get your dog to stop where he is with only one word. This comes in very handy if he spots a cat or something else that interests him. You call out “wait” and he will automatically just stop right where he is. This is super good news if you are not a very fit person and do not enjoy running like mad after an out of control dog. By your dog waiting in the spot where he stopped, you will have the chance to calmly walk over to him before you continue to where ever it was that you were going. This dog training command is very effective in a number of tricky situations, especially if you are walking with your dog and he is not on a leash. Getting your pet to stop or wait for you will prevent little accidents like people who back out of their driveways without looking or construction site holes that your dog did not notice. There are many dangers out there that can occur at any given time, but if your dog understands this command, you can prevent these tragic events from ever happening.
Getting them to understand how to “focus”
This one is for all those dog owners who have dogs that like to make independent decisions, which are almost always silly decisions. This type of behavior normally occurs when your dog is not really paying attention to what you are saying, or pretty much anything else that is going on around them, except for what they are focusing on. If this is often the case, you will need to shift their focus towards you. This is a very effective dog training command in situations where your dog just seems to get side-tracked. When they get side-tracked, it is not a bad reflection on you, it is merely them doing what comes naturally. The “but” comes in when it becomes a situation that could cause you, your dog, something or someone else harm in any kind of way. Focus is the key to getting your dog to pay attention to what you are saying and to forget about everything else around him, which could at the end of the day mean the difference between life and death. Think for a second what happens to you when you lose focus? Ever been driving somewhere and suddenly wondered how you ended up where you were? Well, think about what could have happened while your mind was wandering off somewhere else. You could have had an accident or worse! It is pretty much the same for dogs, except for the fact that they are not thinking about what to make for dinner that evening, because they have you!
TIPS ON HOW TO ENFORCE DOG TRAINING COMMANDS ON YOUR DOG
As much as you love your children, who sometimes test your patience, you will also no doubtingly love your dog in the same way. This means that you need to commit to the well-being of your dog, just as much as you would with your own children.
You need to earn respect if you want to get respect, and this is true in any situation. It does not matter if you are looking to get respect form your partner, your kids, your boss or the guy down at the grocery store – everyone deserves the same back. Why should your dog be any different? Think about that!
If you do a good job at work, you will get a reward for what you have done. If your children to well at school, you will automatically want to give them something for their hard work – right? Well, dogs also deserve the same type of treatment, which is why you need to make sure that you have those treats ready.
Try to start teaching your dog these very important commands from a very young age. Just as you do not like having your routine changed as you get older, dogs will not enjoy it very much either. If it is possible to get them to start leaning these commands from an early age, then do it! If you cannot do this because you have a dog who is already set in his ways, then you needs to understand that it might take him a bit longer to respond in a positive way.
Dog training commands are not there to make your dog feel as though he is just there to be told what to do, they are there so that you can teach him the skills that he needs to have a long and trouble free life, just as you would do for your children. The more important and loved they feel, the more willing they will be to accept the training that you provide them with.
As a dog lover, which I am sure you are, otherwise you would not be reading this, you really need to understand the importance of the dog training commands that are available to teach to your pooch. They are similar to the lessons that we have to learn in our own lives, lessons that teach us how to be the best we can be and how to avoid situations that can be detrimental to our lives. If you are the type of person who just cannot seem to “get it right”, then why not consider a professional to give you the training you need in order to train your dog in the best way possible?