Dog obedience training is very essential as a dog owner. Letting your dog learn the basic commands can be very helpful when tackling behavior problems. This could be existing behavior issues or something that can develop in the future. Here are some ideas on what you can personally teach them without having to attend any formal classes.
This is one of the easiest commands to teach your dog and one of the most basic. You can do this by holding a treat above his nose and moving your hand up. This will allow his head to follow the treat and in turn, this will cause his bottom to lower. Once he’s already sitting, you can say ‘Sit’ and give him the treat, and pet him afterward. Do this a couple of times daily for a few days until he masters it. You can use this command to make him calm before mealtime, or even before going out for a walk.
This can be a bit challenging because this position is a submissive posture. You can start the training by holding a good smelling treat in a closed fist. Hold it near his mouth so he can sniff it, and move your hand to the floor while he follows. Guide him to lie on the floor by sliding your hand to the ground. Once he is down on the floor, say ‘Down’ and give him the treat. Pat his head or body to show affection.If he attempts to sit up or move towards the direction of your closed fist, take your hand away and say ‘No’. Repeat this daily until he masters it.
This is very essential when you want your dog to come to you, especially when you have lost grip on the leash or he has accidentally gone out of the open door or gate. To start training for this command, you can attach a leash and collar to your dog. Say ‘Come’ while gently pulling on the leash towards you until he gets to you. Give him a reward and affection afterward. Do this a couple of times until he masters it. You can later remove the leash and practice the command in a safe space.
When you want to train your dog with this command, make sure that he has already mastered the ‘Sit’ command. Let him sit and open your palm in front of him and say ‘Stay’. Move back for a few steps and if he stays, give him a treat and affection. Increase the number of steps back you have to take before giving him another treat. This command is particularly set for your dog’s self-control.
Letting your dog learn all these basic commands can be very essential for his growth and discipline. Don’t be frustrated if it may take him a while to master. Just enjoy the activity and learning, and use this good quality time to bond with your dog.