To properly train and protect dogs, it’s vital to teach them different commands. While some may worry about teaching dogs commands or not know how to do it, doing so helps to keep these loving creatures safe.
People can quickly teach dogs commands by enticing them with dog treats. After all, dogs love their owners and their treats. By giving them this incentive and teaching them commands over time, acting on these commands will become second nature for these dogs.
For each command, come up with a hand gesture that goes along with each command. Say the word as you perform the gesture, and your dog will learn the command quicker. This teaches your dog to both listen and look at you when you give a command.
Lets now address the three essential commands with a few more at the end.
Sometimes, dogs will follow us around or try to get somewhere that they shouldn’t. However, keep in mind that dogs aren’t being disobedient, but they are curious creatures that want to look at and smell something new.
Stay sticks out as a vital command since it can keep a dog safe. Sometimes dangers approach when an owners walk their dogs. Because of this, to stop a dog from getting hurt, the owner may need to tell the dog to stay. This will keep the dog safe from any approaching traffic.
Dogs like to run off, so you may need to call them back to you. This is where the come command becomes useful, since they will know to return to you when you say it. This command works great for dogs who like to go into the middle of the street. You can give the come command to get your furry friend safely by your side.
You can teach your dog stay and come at the same time. To do so, say “stay” with the hand gesture you want to use while holding a treat. If they move, correct them and don’t give them the treat. Wait until they don’t move as you walk away.
Afterwards, use the “come” command and reward your dog once they arrive. Keep doing this, and you can teach your dog both commands at the same time.
Sit is a necessity when teaching dogs commands: sit works as the gateway to teach other commands. This is the staple command for dogs, because it makes other tricks easier to learn.
To teach a dog sit, present a treat to them. Place it close enough so that your dog can smell it through your hand. From this point, gently encourage your dog into a sitting position with your free hand and use your treat holding hand to make the gesture as you say the command.
As soon as your dog’s rear touches the ground, reward them with the treat. Your dog will correlate sitting with that word, gesture and treat.
After Learning Sit
After your dog learns how to sit, it becomes easier to learn other commands. Here are a few examples of commands to teach after sit:
- Lay Down
- Roll Over
For example, to teach dogs down, you need them to sit down and then you can teach them to lay down. For roll over, your dog needs to lay down first. For shake, your dog needs to sit to shake hands with you. All these other tricks depend on your dog knowing sit. This makes the three essential commands for dogs sit, stay and come.
Get to Work
Keep in mind that commands take time to learn. Your dog won’t know them right away, so you need to remain patient whenever you teach your dog. If you get frustrated or upset while trying to teach, your dog might associate that frustration with commands, so this may cause some hesitance from your dog.
Make sure to maintain a routine, since dogs will need plenty of practice to learn tricks. By doing it consistently and patiently, you can have your dog master these three commands.