Most dogs are loyal and will do anything to please you, but without proper guidance, your four-legged friend may be confused about his or her place within your life and at home.

Whether you decide to put your dog through extensive training or just teach him or her the essentials, once your dog has learned some basic commands, your relationship with him or her will be stronger and you will have a better understanding of your dog.

Training Your Dog

Benefits of Training

Additionally, not only will your dog be happier and more confident in his or her role, the two of you will have better communication. While it’s much easier to train a younger dog like a puppy, a dog of any age can be taught some basic commands. Here are some benefits of training your dog:

 

  • Sense of Security: Many dogs, young and old, are surrendered to a shelter because owners simply don’t know how to deal with their “out of control” dog. A dog with even basic training is more likely to stay in his or her “forever” home.

 

  • Part of the Family: When your dog knows basic commands, not only is he or she in better control, but is also better behaved and is a great addition to the family.

 

  • Better Understanding of Dog Behaviors: Not only will your dog have a better understanding of your expectations, but by investing in valuable training, you will gain a better understanding of your dog and general dog behavior. If you are more in tune with your dog, you can spot nonverbal communication and body language.

 

According to Richard J. Hollawell, New Jersey personal injury lawyer, of Console & Hollawell, PC, dog bites are a common personal injury that can have serious and even debilitating results. Little do many dog owners know, that they can often tell if their dog will attack by reading their dog’s body language.

Basic Training

While many dog owners take pride in their dog knowing a few “tricks”, a well-trained dog is not meant to entertain, but rather positively interact with everyone he or she encounters. When training, use positive reinforcement such as a treat and remain patient. Don’t yell or be tense, dogs tune into both positive and negative emotions. Here are a few basic, yet helpful commands:

 

  • Sit: The “Sit” command is probably the most easy command to teach. In order for your dog to master this basic command, ask him or her to sit before mealtime, when leaving for walks, when guests come over, or any other time you want him or her to remain calm and quiet.

 

  • Come: Dogs often have a mind of their own and a natural curiosity of the world around them. When a dog decides to chase after a squirrel, attempts to run down the block, or if you lose a grip on the leash, the “come” command can be helpful. You are asking your dog to stop what he or she is doing and return to you. Since this command can take awhile to master, practice the command in a safe and enclosed area.

 

  • Down: Since dogs are naturally a pack animal, it’s important that they know their place. The submissive posture, “down”, is important for your dog to learn to keep him or her relaxed and calm. Once he or she masters this position, action can take place around your dog without your him or her running or lunging after it.

 

  • Stay: Like “Down”, “Stay” is an important command for a dog to learn. It keeps him or her in place and it also allows him or her to master self-control. While he or she may prefer to be on the move, “Stay” is one of the more difficult commands to master and once he or she understands it, you’ll have a happy and confident pup.

 

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