We teach our children important, basic commands to keep them safe and stop them from running out in front of a car or putting something dangerous in their mouth. For the same reasons, dogs should also be taught certain commands. Whether you have a puppy or an older dog there are certain basic commands every dog should know.
To ensure your dog is a good citizen and to keep him out of dangerous situations, there are minimum commands your dog should know. Each of these dog commands performs a specific function and will help with your pet’s daily routine. Whether you take your dog to the park, to the vet or for a simple walk, dangers can occur. And, no dog is smart enough to realize every single danger he can get himself into. There are automobiles, poisonous snake bites, open wells, bikes, chocolate and candy wrappers causing choking and he can get trapped in places where he cannot get out. For these reasons, it is extremely important that every dog learns to understand and obey certain basic commands. Here are some of the most important dog commands your pup should know:
The important basics
- Sit is an easy command every dog should know. Many dogs get really excited when they hear the doorbell, when they see it’s dinner time or when they’re getting ready to go for a walk. When you teach your pet to sit, you can keep the over-excitement down and, without interruption, answer the door or prepare the meal. The “Sit”-command is also useful when you have a large dog and you don’t want him to jump all over you, or someone else. Teaching your dog to sit helps you to keep a sense of order and it keeps your dog from jumping excitedly and uncontrolled around. Time required for “Sit”: 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per day.
- Stay or Wait can stop your dog from running in front of a car or grabbing something he shouldn’t grab. For some dogs “Stay” is hard to do if they see something they really want, like a cat or a bird. However, it’s an essential command every puppy and dog should know as the “Stay”-command can prevent your dog from getting involved in dangerous situations. Additionally, teaching your dog to stay or wait lets him know that he has to stand still and stay calm for a short time until you are finished with household chores, entertaining guests, or other tasks. Time required for “Stay”: 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per day.
- Drop it is quite a useful command if you see your favorite shoes sticking out of your dog’s mouth. Training your dog to “drop it” means teaching your dog to let go of whatever is in his mouth. This command can protect your pup from eating something dangerous, plus it keeps him from chewing up your possessions. The “Drop it”-command also makes it easier for you to play with your dog. If he catches a Frisbee but won’t release it, simply tell him to “Drop it.” Time required for “Drop it”: 5 – 10 minutes a day.
- Come means that your dog should stop what he’s doing and return to you. “Come” may be one of the most important commands as it can protect your pup from being injured — and it can protect you from getting sued. The “Come”-command helps you control situations much easier, whether your dog is in danger or if he is the one causing danger to others. Time required for “Come”: 5-10 minutes, 2-3 times per day.
- No tells your dog to stop doing what he’s doing. The “No”-command should mainly be used to stop unwanted behavior like chewing, jumping or biting. Time Required for “No”: 3-5 minutes, 2-3 times per day.
- Lie Down is quite similar to “Sit” and has, in general, the same purpose. By teaching your dog to lie down on command, you have a tool to manage a number of common behavior problems, like jumping crazy around. Additionally, “Lie Down” can serve as a stepping stone to further commands and training. Before you can train a dog to roll over or go to his place, he needs to know how to lie down. Time required for “Lie Down”: 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per day.
How to teach commands
Teaching your dog different commands can be a fun and rewarding experience for both of you. Daily training gives your pup an easier and less stressful life, plus it can strengthen your relationship. The best time to start training your new puppy, or adult dog, is as soon as you bring it home. The younger dogs are, the easier it is to teach them and the faster they learn. If you want your pup to learn the commands fast and to get the most out of the training, follow these basic rules:
- Keep training sessions short. It’s better to do a few five-minute sessions than one half-hour session each day – young puppies often lose concentration easily.
- Only train when you are in a good mood. If you have had bad day you may take your stress out on your pet.
- Always end training sessions on a positive note with an exercise you know your dog can do easily. Finishing with success keeps your pet (and you) motivated!
- At first, train with no distractions. Teach a command in a quiet environment and only add distractions later, when your dog masters the command, so that he learns to respond in different environments.
- Training must always be reward-based with treats, toys, games and cuddles. Negative, compulsive, punishing techniques don’t work – plus it’s cruel! Never use chock collars but instead try the Tractive Pet-Remote with acoustic signals and vibration.
Pet-Remote is a small device that offers a new and easy way to train your dog with your smartphone! Pet-Remote works in combination with free apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone and communicates with Bluetooth Smart. So, how does it work? Simply choose between vibration and/or acoustic signals, push the command button and your dog will know exactly what you want him to do. The consistency of the signals helps your dog to understand and fulfill your expectations. In the app you can choose between commands like “sit”, “down” and “come”, but you also have the possibility to replace each one by choosing from a range of other commands.
Note that Pet-Remote is no shock collar, so it definitely won’t hurt your beloved dog! We simply use vibration which your dog can feel and then react to it.
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