Trained dogs are generally easier to manage and control. But, it may be very exhausting and overwhelming to both you and your dog, to train a lot of commands. Teaching him essential and basic commands is a lifesaver, and can be beneficial for you and your dog. Knowing a few essential commands can keep your dog and its surrounding environment safer, and your dog’s behaviors easier to manage.
“Sit” is probably one of the simplest and easiest skills to teach your dog, but it also one of the most useful ones. There are a lot of dogs who get overly excited and are naturally very hyper. There are dogs who always jump over guests, or runs freely and dash into traffic. Having dogs who do not have so much control over their movements and actions can sometimes be very risky. It is fairly easier to manage a dog who sits on command. Knowing how to sit on command is a great foundation for learning self-control.
To teach the dog to sit on command, first get on the level of the dog. Hold a treat that he likes close to his nose, enough for him to stretch his neck to reach for it. Do not hold the treat too high that your dog might try to jump up to get it. Let his head slowly and gently follow the treat, as you couple this with hand also moving up with the treat. As his head moves up to follow the treat, his bottom will naturally lower. When his bottom finally comes in contact with the floor, release the treat and feed it to him. Repeat this multiple times for a couple of days, while paring his behavior with the word “sit.” Do not forget to praise him when he correctly follows you and eventually sits on command.
Once your dog is trained to sit on command, he is now ready to learn another important command. “Stay” is also one of the basic commands crucial to teach your dog, and is a great partner to the command “sit.” This command is meant to keep the dog in a sitting position until it is told to do otherwise.
It may be challenging to teach dogs this command, but it is worth it, especially that it can help in keeping your dog and its surrounding environment safer. There are dogs who just runs rapidly out of the house every time the door opens, and this can be a red flag for he might get lost or run into an accident. Dogs who are trained to stay on command are easier to control and manage. It is also one way to prevent and lessen behavioral problems in the future.
To be honest, it is not easy to teach the “stay” command because just the mere act of keeping still is a huge challenge for some dogs, especially energetic ones. However, again, it is worth it. The goal of this command is to teach the dog to remain seated until he is given further instructions. In training the dog the command “stay,” first put him on a leash and have him sit next to you. Make sure that the leash is not too tight nor too loose, and fits around his neck just right. Wave your palm toward him and say “stay.” Then, step in front of him, repeat the command “stay,” wait for a few seconds, and then step back beside your dog. If he moves and follows you, gently and calmly say “Woops” or “Uh oh” and put him back where he was initially, and repeat the process. Dogs learn best through patterns, thus repetition is important in teaching dogs this command. Practice with your dog every day for multiple times. Reward and praise him for not breaking his stay until he is told to do so. A great command to allow him to stand and move already is the release commands, “okay” or “come.”
The “quiet” command is a very useful basic command, teaching dogs to quiet down when he is inappropriately and excessively barking. Train dogs to “speak,” bark on command, and then train it to be “quiet,” to stop barking. Do not reward barking and reward when the dog is quiet. It is important, however, to wait for a few seconds that the dog is quiet before rewarding. The dog must clearly associate the reward to being quiet and not to barking.