Obedience is a trait all dogs must have, and to make sure this happens training your dog when he is a puppy is essential. You have to get a head start if you want to avoid out of control dogs, jumping on visitors and tearing up the garden. Here are 5 essential commands your pup has to know:
The following commands are essential:
- Heel – This teaches your dog to walk by your side and prevents your dog from running away or getting distracted by strangers. A certain amount of time a very well-trained dog won’t need a leash once he masters this command.
- No – This is something they have to learn fast. Young puppies love to explore and lick and smell things, sometimes these things can be bad for their health or yours, this command is used to teach your dog that whatever he’s doing when you say it is unacceptable.
- Sit – This comes in handy when your dog becomes over excited when your dog learns to sit, and be still, it will calm both of you down.
- Stay – Your dog learns not to move until you say otherwise, a very well-trained dog can sometimes follow this command after seeing a mere hand gesture which is a good aim, and will come in handy when you least expect it.
- Down – This teaches your dog to lay down which can come in hand when strangers are around who are not comfortable with dogs, when they lay down they become docile and friendly, this command will avoid a lot of headaches .
The above commands will seem like common sense and a lot of you will be thinking “Well, duh!” but you will be surprised by the amount of puppies and even grown up dogs, that can’t follow these basic commands.
It is very important to get them to know what these mean and get them at a young age, because the sooner you start the more well-trained they will be, and this at time can be difference between a life of loud barking and stress and a life of friendship and happiness.