Basic Commands Your Dog Needs to Know
One of the things that should be put in place if you and your dog are going to have a good relationship together is the use of commands. These will help you to interact with your dog better and your dog will begin to understand what you require of him. And dogs generally want very much to please their owner. So once your dog understands these basic commands, he will likely learn them very quick. You should teach your dog to sit first of all. This is usually the place that most dog owners begin their training. To successfully teach your dog this command, you will need to be in a quiet spot and have some treats within your reach. First of all give the dog a bit of attention, reassuring him that all is ok. When you know he is settled, go over to him and, pushing gently on his backside, tell him "sit". When your dog sits down, give him lots of praise and a treat. Your dog should quickly learn this trick and after a couple of attempts will start to perform the command upon suggestion alone. After mastering the sit command, you could next go onto teaching your dog the lie down command. You will need to decide on the exact phrase you are going to use when teaching it to your dog and stick with this terminology. Again, you should have treats with you. This time, sitting at the dogs level, put a treat inside you hand and bring your hand toward the floor as your dog is sniffing it. This will cause the dog to necessarily lie down. As he is lying down make sure you utter the command to him followed by giving him the treat when he has lied down and then by praising him. Taking a dog for a walk is a basic requirement for any dog owner and when you take your dog for a walk, you will need him to be on his leash in many areas. You must make sure that the collar doesn’t have a tendency to slip off or your dog is likely to do the great escape regularly.
There are people who use choke collars to keep their dogs under control, but it is up to you to choose what you think is the most suitable collar for your dog. You need to get your dog a leash that is not too long. If it extends too far, your dog will get out of your reach and be difficult to control. You should gently give a tug at his collar whenever he is being unruly and command him to heal. You may also bring some treats with you to help your dog learn good behavior if you like. The last important command you need to teach your dog is to stay. For this, keep your dog’s leash on the animal and get him to sit down first of all. In this position, signal and command him to stay. Using hand signals will help your dog understand what you are requiring of him. Each time you perform this command, step away from the dog, getting further with each attempt.
Information provided by Christi Hill of http://www.ohmydogsupplies.com/dog-supplies/pet-strollers.
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