The 3 Basic Dog Training Skills

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The 3 Basic Dog Training Skills
Whether you just brought home a puppy, adopted a shelter dog, or want to brush up your adult dog’s training, these are the absolute most important skills to teach your dog .Please be patient, be positive, mind your body language, work in bursts (10-15 minute training sessions at a time).

Sit
Useful in so many situations, “sit” is often the first command dogs learn. In fact, most dogs “sit” on their own, so all you have to do is connect the command to the behavior.
Basic Dog Training Skills
First, while your dog is in a standing position, hold a treat in front of her nose and raise it slowly towards the back of her head. When her head follows the treat up, her butt will go down. Once her butt hits the floor, say “yes!” and give her the treat.

Once your dog is sitting reliably with the treat lure, you can transition to a hand signal and verbal command. Most dogs ‘sit’ on their own, so all you have to do is connect the command to the behavior

Come on
To train your dog to come when called, start on leash in a quiet area. Coming when called is a basic command you want your dog to have on lock because it can keep her safe in potentially dangerous situations. “Make it a party” every time your dog comes when called. No matter what they’re leaving behind, coming to you should be the best thing that happens to them all day!
Basic Dog Training Skills
Back away from your dog while enthusiastically telling her to “come!” Only give the command once, but be enthusiastic, and keep your body language relaxed and open. You can show your dog a treat to encourage her to head your way. Once she starts towards you, say “yes!” (or click) and reward her with a treat.

Over time, you can gradually increase the distance between you and your dog, and start practicing in a variety of situations. View our trainer’s guide for more tips to teaching your dog to come when called.

Stay
Teaching your dog to “stay” isn’t only about getting them to sit still. Like “come on,” it’s a command that can keep her safe from harm.
Start up close to your dog, placing her in a sit or down position. Hold a hand out toward and say “stay.”
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After a moment, reward her. Repeat this until your dog gets the idea that she’ll get a treat if she holds her sit or down position.Over several training sessions, increase your distance from your dog and the duration before you release her, and introduce distractions to test her resolve.



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