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Top 5 Commands - Dog and Puppy Obedience Training

December 29, 2019 5 min read

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If you already own or are thinking about adding a dog or puppy to your household, you might want to think about dog or puppy obedience training. Following you will learn about the benefits of dog and puppy obedience training, when you should start to train your dog or puppy, where to start with dog or puppy obedience training, toilet training your dog or puppy and way’s to make training fun for you and your dog or puppy.


Benefits of dog and puppy obedience training


Obedience training for your dog or puppy is an important part of dog or puppy ownership.  Training your dog or puppy can help establish a close bond between you and your dog or puppy.  It helps provide mental and physical stimulation for your dog or puppy and that helps stop your dog or puppy from becoming bored.


Obedience training for your dog or puppy also helps strengthen the bond between you and them as the time spent together training enables you to spend quality time with each other.


It could save their life. A dog or puppy with proper obedience training is more likely to know how to act and what to do in times of danger and or stress.


When should you start obedience training for your dog or puppy?


While young puppies do have a limited attention span it is possible for them to understand limited commands such as sit and stay from as young as seven weeks. While you are working to toilet train your new pup it is an ideal time to also teach them the basic commands of, sit, stay, lie down, come, and heel.


You might not think so, but it is indeed possible to train an older dog. Like with puppies, it is best to start with the basic commands.  What makes obedience training an older dog different from a puppy is that with the puppy you are starting with a clean slate in that your puppy has not already learned and become used to certain behaviours. Kindness, consistency and above all patience is key when obedience training your older dog.

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Where should you start when obedience training your dog or puppy?


As early as seven weeks of age you can teach your puppy the basic commands of sit, stay, lie down, come and heel.  At this time it is also a good idea to teach your puppy his or her routine such as, what area he eats in,  what time he or she will be taken out for a walk,  where to go to the toilet,  where he sleeps, at what time is his bedtime and other necessary things that are essential to you and your puppy for a happy routine together.


Training your dog or puppy to be house trained is an important part of his or her routine. Establish a place where your dog or puppy can go to the toilet so he or she knows that is the only place that is acceptable for them to do their business. It is most important that this part of your dog or puppies training starts as soon as it is possible.  It is essential that you start out toilet training your dog or puppy in the right way from the very beginning as bad training can be hard to undo. Unfortunately, it is often not until your dog or puppy begins to have little accidents frequently that you realise that you have been going about training in the wrong way.


There are various ways in which you can go about toilet training your dog or puppy including the following.


Take your dog or puppy to the same spot to do his or her business as their scent will encourage them to go to the toilet.


Make mealtimes regular and encourage your dog or puppy to go to the toilet after his or her meal.

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Basic obedience training for your dog or puppy should ideally include the following.


Sit –stand in front of your dog or puppy holding some of his or her food or treats, wait for them to sit and then say yes, giving them their food or treat.


If at first your dog or puppy does not respond to this training you could closely observe him or her and when they naturally sit of their own accord you could use a word such as yes and then give them the treat to help them become comfortable with the sit command.


Stay -encourage your dog or puppy to stay in a place that is familiar to him or her.  If they stay for a few seconds reward them with a treat. Repeat the process each time increasing the amount of time they sit and always giving them their reward.


Another way is to command your dog or puppy to sit. Reward him or her as soon as their bottom touches the floor or ground, continue to repeat the word stay rewarding with a treat when your dog does so. 


With both of these methods, it is important to have a release word such as free or go so that your dog knows when he or she can move from the stay position.

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Lie Down-take some of your dogs or puppies favourite treats and call him or her over to you.  Have your dog or puppy sit, when they are in the sit position place a treat against their nose and slowly move it away from your dog or puppy, move it along the floor saying down as you do so. When he or she’s chest touches the floor praise them and give the treat as a reward.


Come –choose something your dog or puppy loves such as a treat or favourite toy and find a quiet place. Get his or her attention and allow them to focus on the treat.  Move away from them saying come.  Your dog or puppy will follow you as they love to chase. Allow them to catch up with you and reward him or her with the treat. Repeat the game several times until they become used to the come command.


Heel –choose a quiet place and make sure you have plenty of treats. Call your dog or puppy and have them stand at your left side. As soon as they move beside you say heel and reward them with a treat. Have them do this several times until they are used to the heel command.


Make obedience training fun.


Remember to make obedience training fun for your dog or puppy. Switch up training locations, add a new game or treat to the routine. Be positive in your approach to obedience training your dog or puppy and be sure to be relaxed and patient throughout the entire process of obedience training for your dog or puppy. A dog or puppy trained in a relaxed and positive way is much more likely to respond making obedience training a fun and smooth process for you and your dog or puppy.

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