Teaching Basic Commands
Vocal commands are an important part of obedience training. Although many dog owners are more excited by the idea of teaching their new pets fun tricks, it’s important to start with the basics. Commands like “come,” “sit,” and “stay” are all much more essential to dogs’ safety than teaching pets how to do things like roll over or shake paws.
Most dog owners begin by teaching their dogs the “look” command. This makes teaching other dog commands easier, as it helps them stay focused, even in the face of distractions.
There’s at least one other essential command that many new dog owners overlook: emergency recalls. Choose a different queue instead of just using “come” and use high-value treats to reinforce the behavior, not regular training treats. Save the use of emergency recall prompts for genuine emergencies, such as when a dog is about to run into a road, and try to offer treats after each use or, if treats aren’t available, give plenty of praise.
There are also a few other commands that all dogs should know. Some help to ensure their safety, while others address common behavioral problems like chewing. Make sure the dog has the following commands down before moving on to tricks:
• Leave it
• Drop it
• Lie down