7 Dog Obedience Commands Every Destructive Pup Must Learn
Is your dog uncontrollably misbehaved and tearing your house apart? Here are seven key dog obedience commands along with three key products to help protect your home and train any high, low or medium energy pup.
Moses is famous for his 10 commandments, which were said to be a covenant between him and God.
When it comes to training dogs however, there are basically 7, and God has nothing at all to do with it except for perhaps bestowing mercy via a tinge of heavenly patience upon a dog owner.
Most dogs can learn basic commands with a few 10 to 15 minute sessions each day for about a week or two.
While there are some breeds that are more amenable to training than others, most dogs can be taught to understand simple directives if given enough time, love and effort to master them.
A Few Myths About Dog Training And Obedience
The following is some information from our teams at CLAWGUARD that represents a few pitfalls to watch out for before attempting to train your beloved pet.
There Is More Than One Way To Train A Dog
Punishment may work in the short term, but it breaks an animal’s trust and its bond with it owner.
Dogs Only Respect Leaders Who Assert Their Dominance
Positive Trainers Do Not Believe In Discipline
Positive Trainers Treat Dogs Like Children
Positive Training Stops Working When You Stop Giving Treats
The Benefits Of Using Treats To Teach Dog Obedience Commands
Small treats are vital to maintaining a training session. A pea-size treat will suffice even for bigger dogs as even a little bit serves as a reward.
Either buy smaller ones or cut larger ones into pieces before the session begins.
Keeping treats small means fewer calories consumed and also prevents the animal from becoming satiated before the session is finished.
Soft treats are also very smelly, which dogs love. For training purposes, we recommend soft treats because they are easier and faster for dogs to consume.
Harder treats, like biscuits, take time to swallow and finding every fallen crumb distracts from training.
Use different varieties of treats because dogs can become bored with the same ones all the time.
If treats do not seem enticing, take the cue to change it, replacing it with one of equal or greater value to the dog.
The 7 Most Important Dog Obedience Commands
- SIT - Due to the fact that this is the easiest and most natural command, it is usually the first taught in a training agenda. It can be mastered in just a few sessions and its mastery assures success with other commands.
- DOWN OR LAY DOWN - This command above all others allows for complete control because a sitting dog is quiet dog It also serves as a bridge to more complicated tasks such as “play dead” or “roll over.”
- STAY - This directive is very important because it can protect a dog from danger. An animal that has been taught how to “stay” isn’t likely to run out into the street. It does however require more patience than the commands that came before it and may take up to a few weeks for the dog to master.
- COME - This is particularly important for a dog to learn if you plan to take your animal anywhere off the leash. For the dog to learn “come” after “stay” makes the process easier for the animal to master.
- HEEL - Walking with your dog will be a lot more pleasant and your arm socket will thank you for teaching your dog how to walk calmly by your side. This is of particular importance in urban areas where sidewalks are narrow, and for larger pups that are famous for pulling on the leash.
- OFF - There are several ways to get an animal to refrain from jumping on every visitor that passes through your front door. First, say “Off” and wave a treat in front of the nose to lure the dog away. When paws are back on the ground, click and give the treat. Repeat this the next 4 times the dog jumps up on an undesired place. If the dog won’t follow the treat, one of a higher value is needed so that the dog will feel that getting off and the treat are more valuable than remaining on top of counters, tables, people, etc. CLAWGUARD anti-scratching products are ideal for reinforcing this command.
- NO - This is a good all purpose command for all the things you may not want your dog to do. Call the dog over to you and show the treat in you hand. Let him sniff and lick the treat, but as he reaches for it, say“no,” and close your hand. Do this several times. When the dog gives up and backs away, wait 5 to 7 seconds and then give the treat and lots of praise.
What Are The Dog Breeds Most Amenable To Training?
While most dogs with patience and proper training can accomplish some tasks ‘there are specific breeds that are definitely more amenable to training than others.
These include: Border Collie; Standard Poodle; Labrador Retriever; German Shepherd; Doberman Pinscher; Shetland Sheepdog; Bearded Collie;Miniature Schnauzer; Havanese; Boxer; Australian Shepherd; Papillon; Bernese Mountain Dog; Border Terrier; Welsh Corgi; Pembroke Welsh; Golden Retriever; Rottweiler; Bulldog and (whew!) English Cocker Spaniel.
A Few Home Protection Products To Help Train Your Dog
The following represent a partial list of some of the products that can help reduce and even eliminate damage caused by pets in a home.
They are helpful training aids that reinforce good behavior and eliminate the possibility of negative and destructive results. They include:
Our Clawguard Heavy Duty Door Shields
These highly effective door shields are an improved version of an earlier product, and they cover a much wider expanse.
The Original Window Sill Protectors
A sustainable construction of superior quality plastic offers top-of-the-line safety for pet paws from splinters, nails and paint chips.
Our Clear Adhesive Protection Tape
It is a cost-effective solution that will save costly repairs and furniture replacements. Each roll contains 4 in x 10ft of tape packaged in a dispenser.
Now. Go. And Train Dear Master Of All Things Furry!
The most important aspect of training a dog is to train yourself first — mainly to have patience with your furry friend.
In time they will learn, and always remember to protect your precious home, furniture and your beloved pets paws with our home scratch protection products!
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