Having a trained dog is not the same thing as having a balanced dog. However, dogs can be really helpful when dealing with behavior problems for both existing ones or ones that might develop in the future when they know some basic commands.
So where do you start your dogs’ obedience training? You can take a class which is expensive and not necessary at all. These simple commands you can learn by yourselves. Actually, it is really fun for you and your dogs with right attitudes.
There are 9 essential commands that you can learn and practice how to train your dogs:
SIT: It is the easiest way to teach a dog how to obey orders, so it’s a good start.
- Hold a treat next to your dog’s nose
- Move your hand with the treat up, let his head follow the treat and cause his butt go down.
- Once he is in seated position, say “sit” and treat him. After all you can touch his head with love and praise him “good boy”.
Repeat this step few times a day until your dog is familiar with the order. Then ask your dog to it before eating, when you go out for a walk, or in other situations where you want him to sit quietly.
DOWN: This can be one of the most difficult commands in dog obedience training. Why is it? Because this action is submissive. You can help by keep training active and relaxed, especially for dogs that are sacred and anxious.
- Fina a treat that with particular attractive smells and hold it in your closed fist.
- Hold your hand in front of your dog’s nose. When he smells it, you move your hand down to floor, he will follow your movement. Then slide your hand on the ground in front of him to encourage his body to follow his head.
- Once he is in the “down” position, say “down” and give him the treat and repeat the praise.
Repeat this training every day. If your dog tries to sit up or lunges at your hand, say "no" and take your hand away. Don't push him into a low position and encourage your dog to take every step toward the right position. Be patient, he's trying to figure it out!
STAY: You need to be sure your dog is an expert at “sit” command before you teach your dog this command.
- First, you need to ask you dog to sit down.
- Then open the palm of your hand in front of you, and say “Stay.”
- Take a few steps back. Reward him with a treat and praise if he stays.
- Step up your steps slowly before giving him a treat.
- Reward your dog all the time if he can stay at the old position even if it is just few seconds.
It is a self-control exercise for you dog. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while for your dog to get it, especially for puppies and energetic dogs. After all, they want actions instead of sitting there and waiting.
ROLL: You need to be sure your dog is an expert at “sit” and “down” command before you teach your dog this command.
- First of all, let your dog "down".
- Help your dog to turn on the ground by hands. Then stop first when they turn to the belly-up position.
- Sometime dogs will be nervous, it will struggle. You can stroke them gently, encourage them or let them have a look at the treat in your hand to calm them down at this time.
- If it can stop when it is belly up, give it a reward immediately and keep it calm. Then keep flipping and entertaining it again.
- When it is used to being rolled by hand, the command "roll" can be added at the same time. Say it each time before the manual roll.
Your dog cannot understand your commands completely which require you to guide them by hands It reveals its belly during this training, which is a dangerous move for it, so sometimes it feels nervous. All you have to do is be patient all the time and dispel its nervousness.
COME: This command can help keep your dog out of trouble by bringing him back to you if you lose control of your leash or accidentally open the front door.
- Put a leash and collar on your dog.
- Go down to his level and say, “Come,” while gently pulling on the leash.
- When he approaches to you, reward him with a treat and praise.
Once he’s mastered it with the leash, remove it — and practice the command in a secure enclosed area.
LEAVE IT: This command can help keep your dog safe when his curiosity gets better if he smells appealing to something. However, it can be dangerous on the ground. The point of doing so is to let your puppy know that it will get a better reward if it ignores something else.
- Hold a treat in each of your hand and close it as fist.
- Show him a hand with the treat, and say, “Leave it.”
- Let him lick, sniff, mouth, paw, and bark to try to get it — and ignore the behaviors.
- Once he stops trying to get it, give him the treat from the other hand.
- Repeat until your dog moves away from that first fist when you say, “Leave it.”
- Remember, only rewards your dog when he moves away from the first fist and looks up at you.
Once your dog is away from your fist and give your eye contact when you give him commanders, you’re ready to take it up a notch. For this, use two different treats — one that’s just all right and one that’s a particularly good smelling and tasty favorite for your pup.
- Say” leave it,” and put a less attractive treat on the flor and then use your hand to cover it.
- And then you need to wait until your dogs ignores the treat and looks at you. At that time, you need to remove that treat on the floor and give him the better treat and share your praise immediately.
- once he's finished eating, put the unappetizing food on the floor, but don't cover it completely with your hands. Instead, keep it slightly higher than the food. As time goes on, slowly move your hand farther and farther until your hand is six inches above it.
- Now he's ready to practice with you with ‘Stand up’ command! Follow the same steps, but cover it with your feet that he tries to grab something less tasty.
Remember don’t be rush and impatient. You asked a lot about your dog. If you take it up a notch and he's really struggling, go back to the previous level.
BE QUIET: when you have visitor, your dog may bark loudly which makes your friend feel uncomfortable. The purpose of this command is to let your puppy know that the person in front of you is safe and that he is still in a relaxed environment.
- Prepare a tasty treat.
- Use your hand to touch his chin gently and let him look at you when he barks
- Once he makes eye contact with you, say “Be Quiet”.
- Reward him the treat and continue to touch him
- Let your friend to have the treat and treat your dog again.
Dogs have a strong sense of territory, barking is actually their nature. So in addition to removing nervousness from your dog by training, you should also try to relax your visitors, as this is supposed to be a relaxed and pleasant environment.
FETCH: It’s a great way to enhance your interaction with it.
- Prepare a tennis ball, then cut a slit. Then put some snacks in it.
- Let your dog perform ‘sit’ and ‘stay’.
- Throw the tennis ball away but not to far. Then say “Fetch” for the dog to find the ball.
- If the dog doesn't want to go, tap the leg to stir it past.
- Wait for dogs to fid the ball back and say ‘come”.
- Once your dog gets the ball back. Take the snack out from the ball and reward him.
When your dog gets used to this process, you can replace tennis balls with other toys, such as frisbee, and you can play with it later.
SHAKE: This simple command will increase your intimacy with your dog.
- Let your dog sit first.
- Say ‘shake’ and then reach out a hand. Let your dog’s paw put on your palm. Then reward and praise him.
- Hold the paw, shake it up and down a few times, then reward it again.
- When your dog is familiar with this. Say ‘shake’ and wait for your dog to take the initiative to put his paw in your hand. If he can do it, reward him tasty treats and praise.
Try few more times and it can become a polite dog.
These 9 simple commands can help your dog stay safe and also improve the communication between you and your dogs. The time and effort you spend to learn these commands are worthful. Keep in mind that these processes take times. So you only start your dogs’ obedience training course when you have the right mindset to practice calm, confident energy and patience.