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We all love teaching our little fur babies. And whether it’s teaching them to close doors, speak on command, or solve basic algebra, they love it too!
Well maybe not the math part, but to obehonest n one likes math.
Maybe you haven’t gotten around to teaching your dog the basic tricks yet. We all have different expectations and different relationships with our four legged friends, so that’s fine.
Or maybe your dog can outperform some children in talent shows, that’s fine too!
Whatever your dog’s level of training, there should be at least three commands your pupper knows by heart. These commands are simple to learn and easier for you teach them. What’s more, they are necessary for keeping your dog safe and you in control in any situation.
So let’s jump right into it and learn the ways you can teach your dog these essential commands!
Eyes on me…
You can call this one the look command, the watch me command, or even the eyes here command. Whatever you want to call it is up to you. What’s important is that this command teaches your little pup to look at you and not be distracted by anything in the environment.
This is an essential command that will make it easier to teach your pup further down the line.
So how do you get your dog’s attention no matter what is happening?
- Start teaching your dog the eyes on me command by having them stand in front of you.
- Once they’ve settled down in front of you, place a treat in your hand and show them.
- After they’ve recognized that you have something tasty for them, extend your arm out to one side, far away from your face.
- More than likely their attention will remain focused on the tasty treat, so you’ll need to command them to look at you.
- Use whatever command you choose to get their attention. As you say the command use your other hand to point at your face.
- Repeat this process until your pup locks eyes on you. Once they make eye contact, give them the treat and a nice scratch behind the ear.
- Continue to repeat the process, gradually reducing the hand gestures until your pup looks at you with simply the verbal command.
- Begin with your dog standing in front of you and start with the eyes on me command.
- Once you have your dog’s attention, show your pup a treat, getting them to focus on the tasty treat solely. Once they are focused on the treat, move the treat slightly above their head just out of reach.
- Slowly move your hand and the treat back towards their tail while keeping them both right out of their reach. As your dog naturally tries to maintain eye contact with the treat they will inadvertently sit down.
- Once they sit, stop moving the treat, give them a nice scratch behind the ear and let them have the treat.
- Then repeat the process, this time repeating the command “sit” as you move the treat over their head. Once again, when they sit, reward with praise and a treat.
- Continue to do this until your pup starts to associate the sit command with putting their rear on the ground.
If your pup doesn’t get the hang of it at first, avoid pushing their rear downward while issuing the command as it really isn’t the best way for them to learn the command. Instead take a break and then return back to process again, repeating this until they start to sit on their own.
- Begin by issuing the eyes on me command, showing your pup a treat, and giving them the sit command.
- Once they are sitting, gently place one hand up as if to say stop while issuing the command stay.
- If your dog holds the sit position while you give the stay command, reward them with a nice scratch behind the ear and the tasty treat you were holding.
- Repeat the process again, each time extending the amount of time you wait between issuing the stay command and giving them the treat.
If your pup moves or gets up before you issue the stay command, simply start all over again until they reliably sit and stay focused on your commands.
Teaching is hard work!
If your pup is having problems paying attention or learning the commands, don’t get frustrated. Instead take a break, play with them a little, and then start the teaching process over again.
Remember even with breaks, your dog has a limit to amount of focus they can give in one sitting, so take it slow and steady. With enough consistent practice, your pup will get the hang of listening for your commands, opening the door for you to teach them other commands.
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