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Obviously, we all admit that our dog is our best companion. Still, we need to make sure that our dog is sociable, safe and friendly to the surroundings. It can only be achieved by properly training your fido with the much needed basic commands though there are plenty of dog commands and tricks. It will be good for your dog and the society.

Below is a list of Top 10 basic and essential dog commands that every dog owner needs:

Look:

This command is one of the basic commands that every dog owner should start with. This “look” or “watch me” command will ensure that your doggie will make eye contact with you despite the distractions around whatsoever it may be. 

This command can be taught by saying it to the dog while it makes eye contact with you and you can use a treat as a distraction to make him see you say the command. Repeat this till your fido gets trained enough on this command. This will be the key to teach the other basic commands

Sit:

“Sit” might be the very basic command that everyone would teach their dogs. This command will ensure that your dog will sit and calm down if needed. This will help you from the annoying dog behaviors while walking on a road. 

This can be taught by holding a treat close to his nose and moving it upwards till he comes to the sitting posture by himself and that’s exactly when you should teach or say this command “sit”. Then you should repeat the command till your pooch gets a hold of it.

Down or Lie Down:

Lie down is one of the most vital commands that you should teach your dog though it’s a bit overlooked. This command may not be compatible with the other important commands but it is what teaches a dog the basic discipline of being quiet and unthreatening to the public. It will really help the hyperactive doggies and give them a piece of relaxation and feels no threat while in public.

To teach this command, hold a treat in your hand closed and move close to your dog’s nose while it’s in the laid position and say the command “Down” or “Lie Down” when it tries to get the treat. Say “No” if he tries to get it forcefully. Keep repeating this technique until your pooch hears and memorizes it enough to respond well for this command.

Stay:

This command helps you to leash your dog in a certain place or circumstance when it’s really needed to avoid any harm or danger for him. This makes the dog more self-controlled and ensures no harm to him and the surrounding.

This command can be taught by making your dog sit, showing a treat close to his nose and saying the command “Stay” while making a few steps away from him. If he stays still then give the treat. If not, say “No” and then slowly move a few more steps away and repeat the command “Stay”. Repeat this command multiple times on a daily basis to train your dog well for this very important command.

Come:

“Come” command helps you to call your dog for some cuddle or playtime, on cue. This also helps you to call your doggie while he’s not in leash and make him controlled while in a chase for something or he runs away.

To teach this command, leash your dog with a collar and say the command “Come” while holding the leash loosely in a certain distance. Give him treat when he responds well to the command to make him aware and repeat this often to teach this essential dog command.

Off:

This command helps your dog to get off from the household furniture and delicate possessions at home. This command can be taught by placing a treat close to his nose with both your hands closed so that he can smell and licks the right one. 

When he backs off as he can’t get the treat since the hands closed, give him the treat and say “Off” to let him know to back off. By repeating this training ensures your dog gets off from the things on cue. 

Heel:

This command ensures your doggie to walk just right beside you and keep up with your pace of walking. This helps you to keep your dog beside you while walking in a park or on the pavement.

This command can be taught by holding the leash in your right hand while pulling it away to your left and also holding a treat in your left hand. First, take a break and give the command “Sit” to make him sit and say “Heel” politely. Then start walking for a little while keeping the treat by your side. 

When you stop walking, raise the treat up to ensure the dog sits and then give the treat as a reward for obeying. Once you practice this enough, your dog will never walk away from you.

Wait:

This command is useful to make your dog not to run into public doors in malls, trains, and stores. This will also ensure him of being off from danger by not running into unwanted public doorways.

This command can be taught by making your dog sit, showing your full stretched palm while saying “Wait” to ensure that he sits until you completely open the door. Once when the door is opened completely, say “Okay” or “Yes” to let him know that he can move now. Reward him with treats for doing the task correctly.

Fetch or Take It:

This command is very useful in building your dog’s confidence in grabbing something that he likes and exercising him. This makes the dog fetch the ball or a treat while playing when saying the command “Fetch” or “Take It”.

This command can be taught by holding a thing that your dog likes – it may be a toy or a treat, throwing it up in the air and saying “Fetch” or “Take It” while he tries to catch the thing. This way your dog will return the thing to you by fetching it on cue.

Drop it:

This command helps your dog to leave things from his mouth that may cause harm to him and to safeguard any of your valuable possessions at home from being chewed by your doggie. This is one of the vital dog commands since it helps your dog to leave something that may be poisonous for him.

This command can be taught by offering him a rewarding treat and saying “Drop it” when he is grabbing something in his mouth. Repeat this command until your dog masters it well.

When you train your dog with all these basic commands, your dog is very much a sociable and responsible being like you.

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