These Are The Top 3 Commands Your Dog Needs To Know

These Are The Top 3 Commands Your Dog Needs To Know

Sit

Australian Dog Lover

This is one of the easiest dog obedience commands to teach, so it’s a good one to start with. First, hold a treat close to your dog’s nose. Next, move your hand up, allowing his head to follow the treat and causing his bottom to lower. Once he’s in sitting position, say “Sit,” give him the treat, and share affection. Easy! Then repeat this sequence a few times every day until your dog has it mastered. Then ask your dog to sit before mealtime, when leaving for walks, and during other situations where you’d like him calm and seated.

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Come

American Kennel Club

This command can help keep a dog out of trouble, bringing him back to you if you lose grip on the leash or accidentally leave the front door open. Put a leash and collar on your dog. Go down to his level and say, “Come,” while gently pulling on the leash. When he gets to you, reward him with affection and a treat. Once he’s mastered it with the leash, remove it — and practice the command in a safe, enclosed area.

Stay

Canine Minded

Before attempting this one, make sure your dog is an expert at the “Sit” command. First, get your dog to “Sit.” Next, open the palm of your hand in front of you, and say “Stay.” Take a few steps back. If he stays, reward him. Eventually increase the number of steps you take before giving the treat, but remember to always reward your pup for staying put — even if it’s just for a few seconds. This is an exercise in self-control for your dog, so don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to master, particularly for puppies and high-energy dogs. After all, they want to be on the move and not just sitting there waiting.

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