Teaching dogs basic commands

This part of the dog training video section is all about teaching dogs basic commands that will make your life easier and give the dog mental stimulation which will prevent it from getting bored. Learn how to teach your dog to sit, stay, lay, get down, and more with these videos from professional dog trainers. Puppies have a short attention span, but they can start learning basic commands by the time they are 8 weeks old. While teaching your puppy basic commands, training sessions should be short, around 5 minutes at a time with a goal of 3 sessions a day. Positive reinforcement with treats and praise is a must when teaching dogs

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Teaching dogs basic commands

There are several things to consider while training your dog, one of the most important is to choose the right time to initiate the training sessions. You should not be stressed or in a hurry while trying to train your dog, as it will sense your tension and be more likely to fail in his attempts to please you. Training a dog while it’s overexcited probably won’t result in much progress either, so leave the training sessions to after the dog has burned energy by exercising. Training dogs should also be done in a distraction-free area in the beginning, away from other people, dogs, or anything else that will draw the focus away from you

How to teach a dog to sit

This video from Zak George shows how to get your dog to sit by controlling its movements using treats. Getting the dog to sit is one of the easiest commands you can teach it, making it the perfect first step on your long dog training journey. While the dog is standing, hold a treat in front of its nose and move it back over its head so it raises its nose. When the dog sits down, release the treat and give praise. This video also gives a quick look at how to get the dog to stay, but you will find another video about how to get your dog to stay further down on this page as well that focuses entirely on getting the dog to stay in its position

How to teach a dog to lie down

Ian Stone from Simpawtico Dog Training teaches 5 different ways how to get your dog to lie down. Laying down is one of the three basic positions along with sit and stand, most dogs will pick it up quickly with a little lure routine, like with sit down. If you want to teach your dog how to lie down, this video should be on your watch list. If the standard lure method doesn’t work for your dog, move on to the next one until you find something that works out for your furry friend

How to teach a dog to stand

Dog trainer Robert Cabral teaches the third basic position, stand, in this video. Once your dog has mastered sit and down, getting it to stand back up on cue is the next goal. Getting your dog to stand on command is probably not the most important thing to train your dog if its purpose is just to serve as a companion. Should it participate in dog sports and shows, it must learn to stand on cue. This 13-minute long video will teach you how to get your dog to get up and stand

How to teach a dog to stay

Once you have taught your dog how to get into a position, getting it to stay there is a very useful skill that allows you to do other things while the dog remains where you parked it. Dog trainer Nate Schoemer teaches how to get your dog to stay in this video, well explained and demonstrated. A quick summary of how to get your dog to stay: Guide the dog into position, once it breaks, calmly say no and guide the dog back into position. Reward after it has remained in position for some seconds, do not reward too soon or it may think it’s supposed to break position and get back in order to get the reward. Repeat, repeat, and repeat

This video from McCann Dogs should also be watched before initiating sit training with your dog. 3 common mistakes people do while trying to get their dogs to stay. Quickly summarized, the mistakes people commonly do are being too excited while giving praise and treats after the dogs have stayed put, drawing them out of position and confusing the dog. The second mistake is pulling the treat out too soon and getting the dog to come to you, thus rewarding the dog for coming to you instead. The last one is having the dog stay too long in the beginning, making it break position itself. Gradually increase the stay time instead

How to teach a dog to come

Getting your dog to come every time when you call on it is one of the most important things you can teach your dog as it can get it out of dangerous situations, especially when off-leash. Beckmans Dog Training‘s video on how to get your dog to come is simple and well-explained, all done in only 3 steps. The first step is getting your dog to touch your hand with the nose, using a cue. The second step is moving further away, having the dog attached to a long leash outdoors. The third step is off-leash, then go grab the dog and move it to the position you wanted it to come to if it ignores you, learning the dog that resistance is futile

How to teach a dog to get on and off

If you want to keep your furniture free of dog hair, teaching it to get off on command is essential. Dog trainer Sarah Walsh takes you through this process in just 5 minutes. Should you however want your dog to get up on the furniture, or other places for that matter, she covers that too. As she also mentions, you should never drag your dog down from the furniture by the collar, as you risk getting bitten and making the dog wary of you when you reach for the collar in the future

How to teach a dog to leave it

Teaching your puppy the leave it command can be a great way to avoid some dangerous and disgusting situations. Kayl McCann from McCann Dog Training shows you how to get your dog to leave it in this video. Kayl uses games and exercises in her training, teaching the dogs that leaving it is rewarding. The first method is by having some treats in your hand, when the dog reaches for it, close it or move it away. Keep doing this until the hand can be open with the food exposed without the dog trying to reach for it. Later on, the leave it command will be introduced. Watch this video and practice the exercises until the dog gets it

How to teach a dog to drop it

Another essential command that you should teach your dog is drop it. This can also save your dog from dangerous situations, like when it picks up stuff dogs really should chew on or swallow. When your dog grabs your personal stuff you will also find the drop it command very useful, not top mention while trying to play a game of fetch. This video from Simpawtico Dog Training covers how to get your dog to drop items, well explained and demonstrated in 7.5 minutes

Another video you should watch related to teaching dogs to drop items is this one from McCann Dog Training. Here Kayl McCann goes through 7 mistakes that people tend to do while trying to teach their dogs the drop it command, which is: Not having a way to control the dog. Not training the skill before you actually need it. Trying to trade for item of lower value. Poor timing of the trade. Turning drop it into a game of tug. Using the wrong reward. Not using different items while practicing. If you have already started practicing drop it and some of these mistakes sound familiar, spend 11 minutes of your time and watch this video

Basic commands training resources

Basic dog commands resources

These videos cover the basic dog commands that should make your life a lot easier, when your dog has mastered these commands, you should be able to have the dog stay put while you get to do your business. If you prefer to read about basic dog commands training in silence, you will find links to articles worth reading in the section below. If you haven’t already, see also the video section about how to get dogs to pay attention to you, which obviously will make your dog training much easier. You probably also want to enjoy the time you are out walking with your dog, if you’re not, see the teach dogs leash walking section

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