Basic Dog Training
Tips & Fundamentals

All dog owners should know some basic dog training methods, as these aspects will be very helpful in the everyday life to train your dog various basic and useful techniques on dog obedience, developing desirable results and encouraging excellent behavior for your dog.

Basic training for your dog implies the achievement of a basic education for the dog – the learning, communication and responding to basic obedience commands.

The 12 most important basic dog training commands for any dog owner are:

  • Come
  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Wait
  • Down
  • Stand
  • Okay
  • No
  • Off
  • Leave It
  • Drop It
  • Heel

The basic commands should be taught in the first place so that other difficult ones would be easier to learn for your dog at a later stage.

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Dog Training Basics: Essential Commands Every Dog Should Know

Always Be Consistent With Your Commands

Basic dog training methods can be taught efficiently and effectively by repeating with the same commands, pointing out the desired action, reinforcing the good behavior and keeping your pet’s attention. You do it by calling out the same basic commands many times during the day including during play time and while walking your dog.

Basic Dog Training Tips:

Attract your dog's attention by calling its name, and then give your command.

Your positive and constructive attitude also play a big role in helping your dog to accommodate quickly, respond to expectancies without difficulties and more importantly, without any unpleasant incidents (wetting the carpets, destroying the shoes, etc.)

An excited tone should always be use to encourage good behavior and a stern voice or command for incorrect behavior. Be sure that your dog understands what your requirements are. Never change your commands midway or use violence on your dog as it will confuse him and made the process more difficult for your dog to understand what you are trying to communicate.

Timing Your Dog Training

There are also other aspects that have to be taken into account while you begin the training lessons with your dog. One of these key aspects concerns the time of the training sessions.

Dogs respond best to short, sharp commands so training moments with your dog should be short, intense and interesting so that he wouldn’t loose his attention, interest and capability of responding to the demands.

Starting with small goals (sitting for 5 seconds in your presence while you stay, while you leave and during your absence) or 10 minutes of intensive training may go a long way in helping your dog to train successfully.

Dog training must always be only conducted when your dog is alert. The best time to train your dog is when it's hungry. You may also like to include some game breaks in between training time so that the dog’s attention may be easily redirected back to the more important training techniques.

Always end each training session on a positive note.

Praise And Rewarding Your Dog

Praise and rewards are another key action that will reinforce the good behavior and the learning process of your dog positively.

Always praise and reward your dog the moment it responds to your commands. Rewards may be represented by play time or food so that the learning process would be improved gradually. Withhold rewarding when your timing is late or in doubt to prevent rewarding the wrong behaviors.

Avoid giving in to your pet every desire. Always exercise discipline first and then affection. Never give out rewards just because your dog gives you a pitiful or cute look but only when he or she performs a correct behavior. Once your dog has learned your commands and hand signals, begin to give lesser rewards.

If you want to be effective and successful in your basic dog training, your dog must respect you and think of you as the alpha leader.

To conclude, it is always a pleasure to own any dogs with some form of basic dog training. They are fun, reliable, less unlikely to misbehave and will exhibit good behavior and manners. Moreover, basic training your dog benefits everyone.

The 5 Do's of Basic Dog Training:

  1. Be realistic with your training expectations. Keep it short, simple and fun.
  2. Give one command at a time and reward the desired action immediately.
  3. Be consistent and keep your commands clear and concise all the time.
  4. Always call your dog to you to give affections, never the other way round.
  5. End each training on a positive note so that your dog will look forward to the next session.

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