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Basic Dog Training - What Commands to Teach Your Dog First

Every dog owner wants a well-behaved dog. In fact, studies have shown that proper dog training positively impacts households with dogs. Leave the training out and you will likely experience problem behaviors from your dog. The best way for owners to achieve the goal of a well-behaved dog is to put him through some basic dog training.

But just the thought of where to begin can be overwhelming. Basic dog training does not have to be difficult to implement. In fact, simply working on basic commands will go a long way toward achieving your goal of a well-behaved dog. Here then are the commands that you will want your dog to master.

The most basic command is the command to heel. When your dog can heel, you will be able to walk him on his leash properly. You will be setting the pace. How many times have you seen a dog walking his owner? When a dog can be brought to heel he knows that you are in control and he submits to you.

One of the most essential commands that a dog needs to learn to respond to, is the word "no". You will be using this word frequently throughout your dog's entire life, but especially during training. He must learn to respond to a sharply spoken "no" promptly and obediently.

The command to sit is another one of those commands that must be mastered. It is more easily taught along with the command to heel, once the dog has mastered this command. While walking your dog, stop and push gently down on his haunches to encourage him to sit. Use the command "sit" when you do this. It won't take long for your dog to understand what the word "sit" means and to comply.

You will also want to teach your dog to stay. Teach this as an extension of the sit command. After you ask your dog to sit, use the stay command and slowly back away from him. It will take some time before he learns to associate staying with not moving.

Teaching your dog to respond to the command "down" is also on our list of basic commands. You will use this command when you need to get your dog under control especially if he is at a distance from you. Maybe he is about to run out into the road. If he responds to "down" he will stop and drop when he hears you, preventing a potentially dangerous situation.

Lastly, you will want to teach your dog to come to you when called. If he has learned the other basic commands this will not be difficult to implement.

The goal of dog training is to have a dog that can behave appropriately. However, training your own dog can also strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Have fun as you work on implementing basic dog training. It's well worth the effort.

Chris enjoys writing about a variety of topics. As a dog lover, Chris is always looking for ways to keep the family pet happy. A comfortable bed is a must. Check out his website for information about a heated dog bed as well as other types of dog beds like the bolster dog bed.

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