8 Essential Commands You Can Teach Your Dog
Learning commands is essential for dog training. Your dog needs to know how to respond to its owner in order to stay safe. Start with the more basic commands and once those are mastered, move on to others.
- Sit: Work on teaching your dog to sit. Plan on spending about 5 minutes a few times each day this week working on the "sit" command.
- Down and Emergency recall: Next, spend a few minutes several times each day this week working on the down command and teaching your dog the emergency recall.
- Come and Leave it: Once your dog has mastered "sit" and "down," you can move on to these more complicated commands.
- Stop jumping: You can set aside time each day to practice this behavior, or you can wait until it comes up in your regular day-to-day activities (like when your dog jumps up to greet people coming in the door) to work on it.
- Wait: You can practice this in regular training sessions, or you can wait for opportunities to crop up each day. Make sure your dog waits before going outdoors or coming out of its crate.
- Go to your place: Begin working on teaching your dog to go to a specific place and lie down in your home. Some great times to practice having your dog lay calmly in place: during mealtimes or when you're sitting watching television or reading a book.
- Drop it: In several short training sessions each day, teach your dog the "drop it" command.
- Stop barking: Begin training your dog to be quiet by working on the "speak" and "quiet" commands. You can do this during training sessions or you can wait until your dog barks and use it as an opportunity to practice.