Today's post will show you the 4 MUST HAVE dog commands for your arsenal.
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What are the 4 commands, and why do you need them?
Both great questions.
This can come in handy in so many different ways.
- How to teach the stay command
A lot of people don't realize, that it is a much quicker and easier experience, if you use your hands as much as your words while training. A lot of times, your dog will pick up your hand signals better then your voice. This is because dogs read body language to try and understand their humans.
While teaching stay, use your hand. Say the word "stay" while putting your hand up in a stopping motion. If they stay, even for a second, praise and treat. Gradually make it a longer stay, and with-hold the treats until they stay put, as you back away from them.
Even if your dog does the sit command with no problems, you should work on it daily, to keep it fresh in their minds. This way, when you need it the most, you can be confident your pup will listen. Maybe your going for a walk, and decide to stop and talk to someone. Wouldn't it be amazing if your dog sat quietly by your side until your done?
My huskies have yet to perfect that, but they are usually pretty good at sitting when I ask them to. They just prefer to get up rather quickly. In this case, your stay command will come in handy!
- Leave it
This is my FAV command!
I have spoke about this on a previous post which you can find HERE.
Leave it, is a great one to have for so many different reasons. You could be walking your dogs one day, and there is something nasty, yet appealing to your pups. They instantly lurch forward to pick up the nastiness! You end up with a sore arm, and possibly a sick dog from whatever they picked up. BUT if you have a good strong leave it command, as soon as you see the yuck on the sidewalk, you say leave it, and walk around it.
- Teaching leave it.
I went over the "how to" in a previous post, pretty thoroughly, so feel free to check it out HERE.
Only one of my huskies perfected this one so far.
I worked hard on this with her, and she took to it very fast.
Why would a "look" command be impawtant and what exactly is it?
Maybe you have a leash reactive dog?
Maybe you struggle to get your pups attention at times when you need their focus?
Maybe you have a fearful dog?
Maybe you have a fearful dog?
The look command solves these issues.
Lexus can be fearful while we are out walking.
She tends to be afraid of bicycles driving by, skateboards, or other similar things.
I taught her "look" so that she can stay focused on me rather then the things that scare her.
This helps her be much more comfortable while we are out.
You can use this command for reactive dogs too.
If you see a dog up ahead and would like to avoid the nasty growls and lunging from your dog, the key is, to keep focus on your face, and provide treats while they "look" at you, until you get by the reactive threshold.
Check out this very short video, as Lexus shows off her "look" skills.
She is a pro! I am so proud of her progress.
- How to teach the look command
This one is easier to teach then you might think.
If your holding a treat in your hand, at some point your dog WILL look at you.
Therefore, hold a treat by the upper half of your body. Say the word "look"
then you wait . . .
the second she looks into your eyes, praise and treat.
Repeat this process.
Once they get the the fact that they are suppose to look at you, begin to ask for longer periods of time.
Say "look" then wait a few seconds before you treat. If they look away too soon, give a reminder by saying look one more time.
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