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Top 5 Most Important Dog Commands

One of the most enjoyable things about having a dog is the communication between you and with a proper training you can make this communication much better. The sit, come and stay commands not only help the dog behave at home, but also help to be a good canine citizen outside.

While dogs can learn plethora of commands, our loyal friends just must know the main ones. Start working on the commands below with your dog at home and watch some dog-training class if necessary. Also, prefer to train your dog outside as much as possible so it would be used to communicate with all the surrounding distractions. And remember – all the dogs, from the biggest Mastiff to the adorable little fluff balls, need instruction.

Here are few of the most important dog commands you can teach easily:

sit dog command

1. Sit Command

This is the most important dog command that can be taught. Start by putting a treat near your dog’s nose (so he or she could smell it better), take the treat up and see how your dog follows the treat and wait until it sits. However, don’t let the dog catch the treat, since it is naturally in a sitting posture that helps him to pull his head high to obey the treatment. That’s the moment where you tell the “Sit” order, followed by the giving him the treat and showing your love. The exercise must be repeated few times a day before the dog properly understands and will sit when you command.

down dog command

2. Down Command

This one is considered a difficult command since it places the dog in a passive position. The command can be taught by taking a good treat and letting the dog smell it in you hand, then you pull it down to the floor and wait until the dog reaches your hand. Next, you move your hand along the floor in a laid-on position to allow him to follow the food and laying on the floor. Finally you give the order “Down” the moment the dog is laid on and give him the treat.

stay dog command

3. Stay Command

This command is taught by first telling the dog to “Sit”, then bring him a treat close to his nose and tell the “Stay” command once again. Now take a few steps back and if the dog stands and waits reward him with the treat. If he starts moving towards you say “Stay” and wait for a reaction, then gradually move a few more steps away from the dog – this is important so that he can differentiate when and when he doesn’t do the exercise properly. If the dog start to listen – reward him with the treat and shows some love.

come dog command

4. Come Command

Another important is the “come” command. It is one of the most important ones because it might actually save them from danger and guide them to your location. It also makes the dog focus on you and only you even though there might be distractions on their way.  

All you need to do is put your dog on a leash and tell to “come” as you pull the leash gently. Reward them with a treat when he or she comes to you. It will take few consecutive training days to follow this path, but eventually your dog will start coming to you when you call them and will get more focus on you when you talk to them.

no command

5. No Command

Some trainers teach both “No” and “Leave” It for slightly different situations, such as using ”No” when a dog does not do anything and “Leave” for when you want your pet to stop doing or biting something. To keep it easy and not confusing your dog, stick just to “No”. There is not much actually to do more than telling the dog to stop doing something and preventing the action by yourself while saying “No”. You can give it a treat if the dog stops when you say “No” but don’t give the treat to often for the “No” command so the dog wouldn’t get spoiled.

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