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Which Command to Teach Spot – Part One

Did you know that February is Dog Training Education Month?  In light of that, we want to take this opportunity to share some tips that you can use for training your puppy or adult dog.

Check them out and see how well they work on your pet.

“Back” Command

The “back” command is essential if you’re working on something or you want to protect your pet from a dangerous situation. It will also come in handy during mealtime so you can set some healthy boundaries.

Whenever you want to keep your dog from getting too close, raise your hand with your palm facing them. Accompany that gesture by also firmly saying “back” to your dog.

Your pet will likely be able to grasp what you mean by looking at your hand. The “back” command is one they will also become familiar with after enough training.

“Come” Directive

Use the “back” command if you want to keep your dog away. If you want them to approach, you need to use the “come” command.

Ask your pet to approach you by making the “come over” gesture using your hand. You should use your voice again so your dog can quickly understand what you want them to do.

Your pet may need some time to understand this command. Speed that process up using treats. Give them a treat each time they approach you on cue so they will understand that following you is the right move.

 

The “Crate” Command

Dogs are prone to getting overly excited. Sometimes, they may need to stay in a specific place for a while so they can calm down. You can use a crate for that purpose.

According to The Humane Society, placing a soft bed and leaving the door open will encourage your dog to spend more time in the crate. By arranging the crate away, your pet will gravitate towards it instead of shying away from it.

Pointing to the crate can double as your “crate” command.

The “Down” Directive

Similar to the “crate” command, the “down” command is one you can use to keep your pet nice and calm.

Push down on the air in front of your pet’s face and give them a nudge as well so they can understand what to do. Remember to say “down” as you’re trying to get them on the ground.

This is yet another time when you can use treats to speed up the learning process.

That’s it for the first part of our series on dog commands. Stay tuned for the continuation of this series and pick up more valuable tips for training your pet!

We at TAILored Pet Services can help reinforce the commands you are teaching to your beloved dog. Call 425-923-7791 or complete our contact form if you want to learn more about the services we provide.

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