Training your dog to respond to certain commands is an essential part of being a dog owner. There are all kinds of different commands to teach your dog, but the process of teaching them is pretty much the same. Keep reading to learn how to teach your dog any command.

Most Common Dog Commands:

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Down
  • Come
  • Off
  • Heel
  • No

How To Teach Your Dog Any Command

Choose A Command Word

First, choose a command you want to teach your dog. Stick with same word or phrase every time to avoid confusing your pooch.

Your Tone Of Voice

The tone of voice you use when giving your dog a command is an important part of training. You want your command to be firm and confident, but not aggressive. The tone you use to praise your dog is equally important. For this you’ll want to use a lighter, slightly higher pitched tone. It may seem a little silly, but dogs love being spoken to this way.

Have Lots Of Treats Handy

You’ll be using treats as positive reinforcement to teach your dog. Dogs are notoriously food-driven, so this is the perfect incentive to get them to do what you want.

Associating Command With Response

Here’s where you’ll be using the treats. A clicker is also great to use during this part, but it’s not necessary. Essentially what you want is to make your dog associate your command with the desired response, as well as a tasty treat.

If you are using a clicker, use that first, then say the command. You may have to show your dog how to respond the first few times when teaching them something new. Repeat using the clicker, then saying the command. Whenever your dog shows the desired response, praise the heck out of them and give them a treat.

Practice & Patience

It might take a lot of practice to get your dog to respond correctly, so have a lot of patience with them. Getting upset or yelling at them can have adverse effects and will discourage them from responding to your command.

Written by Vincent M.

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