To celebrate February is Dog Training Education Month, we’re now at part three in our series of essential dog commands. Once again, we have detailed more commands that all dogs will benefit from knowing by heart. Turn your pet into a more obedient companion by following the tips here.
The “No” Command
The “no” command could end up being the one you use the most while your dog or puppy is staying inside your house.
That’s because many dogs struggle to control themselves around food. Your pet may try to jump for your food whenever they see it. They may also try to hop up onto the dining table in an effort to snag whatever it is you’re eating.
You obviously cannot allow that behavior to stand. Say “no” firmly whenever your pet does something you do not approve of.
Use the tone of your voice to convey your disapproval. Your pet should be able to pick up on that and they will stop what they’re doing as a result.
The “Place” Directive
It’s important to give your dog or puppy a safe and comfortable place to stay in. Your dog’s bed can serve as that space.
Take your dog near their bed and say “place” while they are lying down there. If your dog follows you as you walk away, say “place” again and direct them to their bed. Continue that until your pet understands the significance of the word “place”.
Your pet may need a few tries to get this trick down. Use treats if you think that will help your pet.
The “Shh” Directive
Telling your dog to stay quiet can be as easy as making the “shh” sound. Face your dog and say “shh” until they start to get quiet. You can even position your finger close to your mouth so your pet gets the message.
Wait until your dog is silent and then give them a pat on the head. Giving them a treat will also let them know that staying quiet has its perks.
The “Sit” Command
Don’t forget the “sit” command when training your dog. It’s one command you will probably use often so teach it to your pet as soon as you possibly can.
One trick the RSPCA recommends for teaching dogs how to sit involves enticing them with a treat. Hold a treat over their head and continue to say “sit”. Keep moving the treat and saying “sit” until your pet sits on the ground.
Give your dog or puppy the treat the moment they follow your command. Soon enough, they will learn to sit whenever they want a treat.
Dogs tend to follow their instincts and that may cause them to behave in ways that are less than ideal. You need to teach them about restraint so they do not cause any problems inside your home. The commands we detailed in this article are exactly the ones that they will need the most in that regard.
Your pet can also learn some commands while they are out for a walk. We at TAILored Pet Services will be able to help your dog remember those tricks. Call 425-923-7791 or complete contact form if you want us to assist in your pet’s training.