5 Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Obey Basic Commands

5 Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Obey Basic Commands

Teaching your dog to obey basic commands is an important part of dog training obedience. They will help keep your dog safe and make life much easier for you. Let's be honest; there's nothing worse than a poorly behaved pup, especially when on a doggie trot through the local park. Cringe-worthy, for sure!

This blog will review the top five tips to use when using commands to teach your dog. Not many people know that commands such as sit, stay, come, down, and heel are much easier to teach when dog training with the use of hand signals. Don't worry; we have also provided a list of hand signals that can be used during your dog training sessions. Let's get started!

5 Dog Training Tips Every Pet Parent Should Know

1. Start with the basics

Sit, stay, and come are the three most important commands that your dog should learn when dog training. Once your dog has mastered these commands, you can add more advanced commands to their repertoire.

2. Be consistent

When training your dog, it is important to be consistent with the vocal commands and hand signals that you use. Repetition helps your dog understand what you want them to do.

3. Positive reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is an excellent method for motivating your dog during dog training obedience sessions. For example, using treats, praise, or petting to reward your dog for obeying commands will ensure positive results.

4. Practice, practice, practice

It is important to practice the commands that you are teaching your dog regularly. This will help your dog remember what they have learned and make it easier for them to obey your commands when you give them.

5. Be patient

Dog training takes time. Don't get discouraged if your dog doesn't progress as quickly as you would like. Just keep working at it, and eventually, your dog will get the hang of it!

Now that you know some idea of the commands to teach your dog let's look at a few hand signals you can use to turn your dog training into uber-doggie obedience!

Common Hand Signals Used for Dog Training Obedience

  • Sit - place your hand on your dog's back and give the command "sit."
  • Stay - hold your hand in front of your dog's face and give the command "stay."
  • Come - call your dog's name and then wave your hand in an inviting motion.
  • Down - put your hand on your dog's chest and give the command "down."
  • Heel - hold a treat close to your dog's nose and walk forward. As you walk, keep the treat close to their nose so that they follow you.

Paw-some Advice

We hope these tips and tricks will help you as you begin the rewarding process of teaching your dog commands. Remember to be patient and consistent and use positive reinforcement to reward them when they get the commands right. And in next to no time, you'll have a well-behaved hound whose daily constitutional will quite literally be a 'walk in the park!'

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