When training your dog, it's important to spend time teaching your dog certain actions, or commands. There are several basic dog training commands that every dog should know. These cues can help you to keep your dog under control and give your dog a sense of structure and order. They can also help you manage a variety of common behavior problems. In some cases, a well-placed command word may even save your dog's life.
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One of the most important aspects of training a dog is making sure his attention stays on you. Teach your dog the look or watch me command so you can always get your dog to focus on you, no matter what distractions are present.
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The emergency recall ensures that your dog will come running when you call in any and every situation. It is used only in emergency situations, like when your dog is about to run in front of a moving car. Training a dog to come in an emergency may save his life. This is a different command than a simple recall, the come command.
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The come command, or recall, can save you from a lot of aggravation and frustration. You can use it to get your dog to come if he slips out of his leash, to get him to come quickly inside from the yard, or to come over for some cuddle or play time. Be sure only ask your dog to come to you for good things. This way, he will always be happy to come on cue.
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Leave it is the basic dog training command you use to tell your dog not to pick up something he's approaching. It can prevent him from eating something harmful, or help you to save your favorite pair of shoes from being chewed. If your dog knows drop it, you can protect him from accidentally ingesting dangerous things.
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Training a dog to drop it ensures that he'll let go of anything he's picked up in his mouth. Like the leave it command, drop it can save your dog from ingesting anything that is poisonous or may cause injury. It can also keep him from chewing up your possessions as long as you are around to catch him.
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The sit command is usually the first command people teach their dogs. It seems pretty basic, but it can play an important role in managing unwanted behaviors. For instance, a dog can't sit and jump at the same time. By training your dog to sit, you've begun the work needed to prevent him from jumping.
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The lie down command is important for several reasons. First, just like the sit command, it's incompatible with certain unwanted behaviors. A dog can't jump up and surf counters while he's lying down. By teaching him to lie down on command, you have a tool to manage a number of common behavior problems. It also promotes relaxation for excited dogs.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The stay command is useful in a number of situations. It can keep your dog out from under your feet, or it can save his life by preventing him from running into dangerous situations. If your dog knows how to stay on cue, you can manage his behavior well in public and private.
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When you give your dog the wait command, it tells him that he can't move until you give him the okay. It is perfect for keeping a dog from bolting out of a door, his crate, or the car. Wait tells your dog something he wants is coming, but he has to be still to get it.