dogcommandsThe key to good doggy behavior is starting with the basics, basic dog commands. The most important ingredient in getting your dog to obey verbal commands is positive reinforcement.  Here are a few basic commands all dog owners must know and dogs should learn.

Teaching “Sit”

1. Hold a treat in front of your dogs nose and just beyond his reach.
2. Slowly raise the treat above his head so that as his eyes follow the treat, his backside naturally sits.
3. As soon as he begins the sitting motion, say “sit”.
4. Once his bottom is firmly placed on the floor, give him the treat and praise him with “good sit!”

*If your dog is jumping for the treat, you may be holding the treat too high above him. If your dog backs up instead of sitting, try training him next to a wall that can limit his movement backwards.

Teaching “Down”

1. Sit your dog in front of you.
2. Hold the treat against the floor and close to your dog’s body.
3. Slowly move the treat away from your dog so that a laying down motion enable him to follow the treat.
4. As soon as your dog begins the laying motion, say “down”.
5. Once the dog is down, reward him with a treat and praise him.

*If your dog stands up instead of laying down, try again. Like we always say practice makes perfect!

Teaching ” Stand”

1. Start with your dog in a sitting in front of you.
2. Slowly move the treat close to your body and take a step backwards. Your dog should stand in order to follow the treat.
3. Once dog begins standing motion, say “stand” or “up”.
4. Once your dog is standing, reward with treat and lots of praise.

Teaching “Sit” from  “Down”

1. Begin with dog in the down position.
2. Hold the treat in front of your dog’s nose and move it slowly above his head.
3. Just in the normal sit command,  your dog should naturally sit up while he follows the treat.
4. As dog begins the sitting motion, say “sit”.
5. Once sitting, reward with treat and praise.

Remember these essential basic dog commands takes practice, time and patience on your part. Training should be fun for the both of you!

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