5 Basic Commands in Obedience Training
5 Essential commands you can teach your dog
Dog obedience training is a way for owner and dog to learn to speak with each other successfully. Contrary to public opinion, obedience training is not some method by which a dog learns to perform some necessary but artificial activity on command. Basic obedience training is a great way to establish a solid relationship with your companion.
Nearly all behavior problems are perfectly normal canine activities that occur at the wrong time or place or are directed at the wrong thing. The capacity to learn basic obedience and even complicated behavior is inherent in all dogs. Training is most effective when dogs or cats are rewarded for the good or desirable things they do while being ignored, redirected or corrected for showing unwanted behavior.
Training your dog involves a routine of rules that the dog is expected to follow. Training a puppy is easier than training an adult dog because a puppy is more open to new ideas and has not yet developed “bad habits”. Training dogs should be fun, enriching and bond-building for both of you, if it isn’t, then you need to learn more about reward-based dog training for the benefit of both of you. Training is an important responsibility of dog ownership.
A well-trained dog will be a likable member of your family rather than a nuisance that creates problems in the home. A dog trained for obedience is a content, balanced and happy dog for a dog to be considered obedient rather than simply trained in obedience, it must respond reliably each time the command is given, by what is commonly known as its handler.
Obedience training is often a prerequisite for or component of other training Obedience training is quite simply training your dog to be obedient. In fact, obedience training is critical in nurturing the most positive aspects of human-animal relationship. Dog obedience training is the basis for you and your best friend to have a long and happy life together. Whether your dog is young or old, large or small, calm or hyper, obedience training is a positive step toward lifelong dog and owner happiness.
There are five basic commands in Dog Obedience Training:
- Sit: the dog simply sits when command is given.
- Down: the dog lies down with front feet and rear legs touching the ground.
- Heel: the dog’s shoulder or head is close and parallel to the handler’s leg.
- Come (recall command): literally means to “Call your dog”.
- Stay: the dog must remain at the same location and in the given position under which the handler gave command. The handler will release the dog in some time.
There is no exact number of the advanced commands – sky is the limit. Some of them are:
- Leave it: direct the dog to not touch an item. This command is very useful. It should be given before the dog has picked anything up.
- Stop: the dog has to stop what it is doing. It doesn’t matter how far the dog is from its keeper. It has to lie down on command.
- Speak: when taught this command, the dog will bark (once or more).
- Roll Over: the dog will lie down (if it wasn’t already), roll over on its back, and stands back up.
- Fetch: The handler throws an object (usually a ball or a stick) and the dog will retrieve it and brings back. This is the command when both, the handler and the dog could have a lot of fun.
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