Teaching Your Dog Some of the Basic Commands

Training a dog is a painstaking task that requires a lot of patience, but in the end when you get satisfactory results from your pet, this will bring a lot of joy both for you and your dog.

For dog training you must have a lot of patience and should not expect results immediately. Dogs are learning different in different ways and with different speed, just like people, and some will be able to learn something faster, and for some dogs this will be a much slower process. Teaching your dog some of the basic commands should begin as early as possible, because older dog’s learn much harder new tricks, or at least not as fast as younger dogs.

Remember, you should never punish your dog if he is not able to follow your commands! It is much more likely that he does not understand what you are asking for from him, and that he doesn’t understand your command, so never think that your dog is refusing to obey you. Punishment is always a counter-productive effect when you are training your dog, as he will begin to be afraid of you.

When it comes to the dog treats that you will give to your pet for his obedience, let it be small bites that he will be able to eat right away so that he can immediately continue with the learning.

Let your lessons be short, but do them every days. In this way the dog will learn to listen and obey your commands regularly and start to get used to them.

When you finished learning with your dog, show the commands to other family members. You can stay in the room until they are trying out the commands with the dog, but avoid any interaction with him because like this the dog will learn to listen to the commands from other people as well.

Be patient! Do not expect perfect results for every command. Some dogs need a very long time to learn the command, and sometimes even years to bring all to perfection.

This week, we will explain how to try to teach your dog one of the basic commands that is “sit”:

-take a treat in your hand and show it to the dog to win his attention. Then move the treat over the dog’s head. The natural instinct of all dogs is to follow the treat with his eyes, so he will naturally go to a sitting position. Immediately after the dog is in a sitting position, say “sit” and give him a treat.
If the dog does not sit, gently pat him a few times on the back. DO NOT push him forcibly to the floor because you could injure the dog or scare him with your rudeness. If the dog remains sitting, repeat from the beginning and he will probably get the message.
Remember, do not reward the dog until you say the command “sit” and he does not sit in the correct position!
Continue to repeat this exercise regularly. Often change your workout space. For example, one day practice the same command in the kitchen, other day in the room, etc. When the dog already learns the command and he sits down without any problem when you order him, slowly begin not to give him a treat as a reward. From time to time tell your dog to sit. Do not give him many awards but much praise and be sure that he will listen and obey you every time you order him to sit. If you follow the given steps, your dog will eventually learn to sit at your command wherever and whenever it is asked from him. Training is successfully completed when the dog at the precise command executes the precise actions that are required from the command and always without fail. For some dogs though, it is harder to learn and to understand what is being asked from them. To teach a stubborn dog to sit on command, he needs to be shown what is required of him. This is done as follows: trainer tells the command “sit”  with a slightly raised voice and immediately after that with one hand pressing gently on the dogs groin forces him to bend his legs and sit down. This is repeated several times until the dog completes the action of sitting on command without hesitation or error.

Stay tuned to our blog, as in the next week we will explain another useful command that you can start practicing with your dog.

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