These days, it’s important more than ever to train your dog to be obedient. Whether your canine companion is small or big, young or old, smooth furred or hairy, all dogs can benefit if they’re enrolled for some kind of obedience training. Even basic level dog training will help you have a happy, well-behaved and well-socialized dog.
Basic dog training commands
Stand and hold something in your hand, in front of your dog’s nose.
Say “sit” while moving the treat up, toward his head.
When you do this, the dog’s rear end should naturally move into a sit. Otherwise, you can push his rear gently down when you issue the “sit” command next time.
Praise and give him treats when he masters how to sit. Practice this a few times daily.
Have your dog sit.
Place a toy or treat straight in front of him.
Say “leave it” while keeping your hand near the object.
If he tries to catch it, cover the item with your hand(s) and repeat the command.
Remove your hand(s) and wait for a few seconds.
Praise your dog. Repeat this daily and increase the time he should leave the toy or treat.
Get your dog’s attention and let him see a treat you’re holding.
Gently lift it toward your forehead while saying “watch me”.
Eventually get your dog to “watch you” just by commanding him and lifting your empty hand to your forehead.
Sit your dog down facing you with a 4-6 foot leash on while holding something in your hand.
Get his attention by saying “Watch me”.
Slightly squat down, pat your thighs then say “come”
Gently pull your dog toward you, with your hands above him
Reward him with treat and praise. Practice this for at least 1 week and then, in a confined area like your yard, start commanding him without the leash.
Why obedience dog training is important
Basic obedience dog training makes life easier for your dog and removes confusion. Your pet will understand what’s right and wrong and will know his place. Dogs really seem to love and thrive on commands.
You will have a happy, confident and relaxed dog that you can take wherever you wish and will be a joy to be around. Your dog can also get greater freedom, as he will be more responsible when you train him to be obedient.
It’s rewarding and fun for both your dog and you.
You gain mutual respect and trust with your beloved pet. Your dog understands what you expect from him and recognizes that you’ll always be fair as well as consistent with him.
Dog obedience training fulfills some essential needs in your pet’s life such as exercise, mental stimulation, as well as spending time around you and giving him a “job”.
A dog or puppy trained for obedience is much safer. If your dog rushes out of the front door you’ll still be able control him through basic voice commands like “come”, “down”, “leave it”, or “sit”. This is so reassuring for you.
Dog training for obedience is a step-by-step process which is built on over time. It provides your dog with a solid foundation to learn more training commands and skills. Throughout the process, your dog will gain a lot of confidence.
When you train your dog to be obedient, he’ll be okay around family, kids and friends under supervision.
Dog obedience training significantly reduces the chances of being involved in a power struggle with your canine companion. You will be his firm and always just leader, who he will respect and rely upon for guidance.