Basic Dog Training Commands
Your precious puppy should have manners that match those good looks. Nobody likes a dog that barks, jumps, and acts completely out of control. If you begin teaching your dog some basic commands, such as come, sit, down, and stay, when he is a puppy, you will have a loving, well-mannered dog when he is older. Then he can be included in all of the family gatherings and go anywhere with you!
The best way to train your dog is to go to a professional trainer. You can choose from several kinds of classes, depending on the trainer and the age of your dog. In most puppy classes, trainers tend to focus on socialization with other puppies and people and basic commands. They usually give you some generalized information about vaccines, nutrition, potty training, and grooming. The next step up would be basic training classes, which are typically for dogs at least six months old. They are geared to teach you how to train your dog. You will learn the primary commands like sit, down, come, and heel. They will then give you tips on how to start the training, reinforce it, and keep it consistent.
Whether you choose to train at home yourself or to get help with a professional trainer, there is a certain etiquette you should follow to make the experience easier for both you and him:
For starters, go slow and easy. You should start with an easy command, like “sit.” Once that is mastered, then move on. Build upon each command so that you are continuously stimulating and challenging your dog.
Each session needs to be short, fun, and simple. Puppies don’t have long concentration spans, so it’s better to do five minute sessions, six times a day, than doing a 30-minute session all at once. He will become tired and bored, and you will just become frustrated.
Use rewards, such as treats, cuddles, toys, and games. Punishing him using negative methods will not work and are just plain cruel. Not only could you injure your dog, you could make him fearful and aggressive.
Try to integrate the training in your daily routine. Make him “sit” before feeding him, have him “stay” out of the kitchen while cooking, and practice “heeling” when going on a potty walk.
Basic training will help ensure your dog’s safety, and make him more pleasurable to be around. You can train your dog yourself, but talk to your veterinarian or a professional trainer if you have questions or concerns along the way. Remember, a well-mannered dog starts with a well-disciplined owner.