Dog Commands

The most important dog commands you, the pet parent, would like your dog to know are often “sit” and “stay.” These dog training commands are often simple to teach your furry friend. Dogs may be more difficult to train than puppies, as expected. Adult dogs can easily learn these dog commands as well, though. Following simple steps can assist you in teaching these dog commands to your dog or puppy.

Dog Commands When Training Dogs

Dog Training Commands

Dog Command: “Sit”
Sitting is often the first taught dog command during training. Sitting shows the pet parent and others that your dog has no interest in being aggressive and plans to be calm and collected. Your dog will also learn that in order to get what he wants, he needs to sit first. This is the beginning to communication between you and your dog.

In order to teach the dog command, “sit” you must stand up firm and straight directly in front of your dog. Then say, “Sit, Bella” in a firm voice as you are holding a treat directly above her nose. Once she sits, praise her and give her the treat. Your dog will connect her action with the treat.

Dog Command: “Stay”
Teaching your dog the command “stay” is beneficial to you and your dog. This could save your furry companion from danger. For example, if your dog is running toward the road and you yell “Stay, Bailey!” it is likely you have just saved your dog from being hit by a car. You can teach your dog this simple dog command by telling your dog first to “sit.” Then, once your dog is sitting, you should hold her collar and say “stay.” If she stays, give her a treat. If she does not stay, start over again until she follows the command. As she continues to stay, increase the distance between the two of you until you are able to go anywhere and she continues to follow the command.

Dog Training Commands

If you are experiencing difficulty in teaching these dog training commands, you should consult with your canine behavior professional. Your canine behavior professional is also available to assist you and your furry friend with learning additional dog commands if desired. You can work with your canine behavior professional to teach dog training commands ranging from “down” to “shake.” Learn more about dog obedience training here.

Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist

Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.

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