Basic Obedience

Mary with 2 GSD

Basic Obedience is AO in Dog Training

Your dog might be your best friend, but do your neighbors or friends feel the same way about your pooch?
Your dog needs to be controlled and socialized in a friendly manner.
A happy dog is a well trained dog!

1. SIT

This position is among the easiest a dog could learn. A puppy that will learn this command will be much easier to manage until he is able to learn more self-control.
For instance, when you teach your little friend to sit whenever he hears the doorbell, it won`t happen for him to jump up on your visitors too often.

  1. Take one of your dog`s favorite treats and hold it close to his nose.
  2. Rise your hand up in such a way that your little pal will follow it his head, while he lowers his bottom.
  3. As soon as he is in the sitting position, say the command “SIT,” offer him the treat along with a bit of affection.

Use the command to make your dog sit before his meals, when taking him for a walk as well as any time you would like for him to be calm and patient.

2. COME

This particular command will help your dog stay out of problems with other strangers or other dogs. He`ll come back to you if your front door has remained open or it should happen for you to not control his leash by accident anymore.

  1. Have a collar and leash on your little friend.
  2. Get down on your dog`s level, and use the “COME” command while pulling on his leash smoothly.
  3. Whenever your pal gets back to you, reward him somehow, either by offering him a treat or even some small affection

As soon as your dog masters the command, get rid of the leash and exercise the command some more in a safe area.

3. DOWN

This command can be a bit more difficult. This is mostly because this specific position is a submissive one. You`ll be able to aid your dog by maintaining training as relaxed and positive as possible, especially if your pooch is anxious or easy to scare.

  1. Try and find a treat that has a good smell and keep it in either one of your fists, but keep it closed.
  2. Hold on the hand up to your little friend`s face. At some point he`ll sniff what you keep hidden from him. At that time, you should move the hand to the floor level so he can follow it.
  3. Then you should slide the hand in front of your dog at the ground level so you can encourage your pal`s body to follow.
  4. As soon as he gets in this position, say the command “DOWN,” and offer him some affection or a treat.

If he attempts to sit up, just say “NO” to him while taking the hand away.
You should avoid pushing him into this position, but rather try to encourage each step he takes toward the proper posture.

4. STAY

This command can be a bit challenging until your dog will master it. This is also because some dogs hate staying still, especially puppies in general. However, with consistency and a lot of practice, your dog will learn it in no time.

  1. Begin by using the “STAY” and “DOWN” commands.
  2. Tell him to stay using a steady voice tone, while placing your hand in front of your body with the palm forward.
  3. Wait a couple of seconds, and offer your dog a reward while he stays put.
    Repeat this particular sequence a few times until he masters it.
  4. Then, use the “DOWN” command, take a couple of steps back and tell him to stay.
  5. After around 3 seconds, go to him and offer him a reward along with a lot of affection.
  6. Then, increase the distance from him gradually while he is in the “STAY” position.
    Don`t over-do-it, though!
  7. If it happens for your dog to break the “STAY” position, you should avoid shouting at him.
    He`ll soon learn to stay even when you don`t offer him treats for his accomplishments.

5. NO

Keep your pooch leashed and place a treat on the ground in front of him. Walk towards the treat and soon you`ll notice the dog is getting provoked by the treat.
At some point, he`ll start making efforts to grab the treat, but you should be there telling him “No,” pulling him with the leash slowly against you. As he comes back and watches you, you can give your dog the treat while saying “Yes” to him. Show him a bit of affection as well.

6. TAKE IT & DROP IT

This command your dog can learn with the help of some kind of a toy that he really likes. Hold the toy in one of your hands and provoke your dog to follow it. He`ll soon attempt to take it from you!

As soon as he tries to open his mouth, give him the “TAKE IT” command. He`ll now make a correct conditional association that this is a “reward” which he`s allowed to take. It`s important to use a toy that is valuable to him so he can start enjoying the game.

Then, you can use a duplicate of that particular toy and provoke him to take this new toy from you. He`ll soon forget about the original toy and will try to take the new one from you.

The entire purpose of this game is to make him drop his first toy and take the second one. As soon as he drops the first one, give him the “DROP IT” command, and when he tries to take the second one into his mouth, give him the “TAKE IT” command again, and so on.

7. GET OFF

You might find your little pal in areas of your home that he isn`t suppose to be, like your bed or sofa. When you find him like this, you can use the “Off” command and encourage him to come towards you.

When they leave your bed or other parts of your home where he isn`t allowed, always reward him in a calm manner by giving him lots of affection and praise.

While you tell him to GET OFF, then use the basic training to make him “SIT” instead. Then reward him again with a treat and affection.

You need to repeat the command each day.
For the basic commands, train 3-5 times a day, with each session lasting no longer than 10 or 15 minutes.
It`s essential to be consistent.
For HELP and INSPIRATION watch us on Youtube!

When you come to dog training

Don’t feed your dog before training!
Before training, walk him so he can do his business

  • Water bowl
  • Water (put some ice in it)
  • Treat (sausage or what he likes)
  • Toy(s) (his favorite toy)
  • Leash (always keep your dog on leash)
  • Cage (if you have)
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