5 Essential Dog Commands

Teaching your pooch commands to follow can be one of the most rewarding parts of being a pet parent. Commands like sit or down can help your dog both be good at home but also be good outside of home and in the open. To make sure your dog can follow these commands and understand them, it is important to practice with your dog two to three times a day for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Here are 5 essential commands to teach any pooch.

  1. Off

“Off” is quite a useful command. It helps you, the pet parent, from getting all of that unwanted dog hair off the furniture. This command can also be useful in other people’s homes or around people, allowing them to keep that dog hair and mess off of their couches and chairs and prevent any unwanted jumpy dog. To teach your pooch this command, hold a treat in your hand. Once they back down and come off either your person or the furniture, reward them with the treat.

  1. Drop It

“Drop it” is a great command to help prevent the dog from hurting themselves from holding things as well as protect your valuables if they get ahold of them. For your younger pups, it helps a ton in saving household items from all the bite marks. To teach your dog this command, give your pet a toy and tell them to drop it. Once they drop their toy, reward them so they understand the command.

  1. Leave It

“Leave it” is a great command to use when the dog decides to get curious about things that they shouldn’t be looking or interacting with. This command also helps when the dog is interacting with other animals and people. To teach your dog this command, show the dog a treat and place it on the ground. Once the dog eventually leaves the treat after you tell them to leave it, reward them for their good behaviors.

  1. No

“No” is a fantastic command when the dog is doing anything that is unwanted. This is useful to stop them from doing anything unwanted. It also helps greatly when also using the commands “drop it” and “leave it” when both in training and when using the command. The best way to teach your dog this command, place a treat or toy on the floor near them or infront of them and every time they approach the toy or treat, say no very sternly. Once they learn that no means no, reward them.

  1. Heel

“Heel” is a great command to use when taking them on walks and wanting them to walk with you instead of in front of you. To teach your dog this command, walk with your dog and tell them to sit periodically. Then have the leash tight while continuing to walk them. Eventually they will understand that this is the command heel.

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