Type of dog
One of the most vexing problems with teaching your dog to do things is that everyone has a different idea of what “basic” means. Most people agree on a few things: 1) that it is not something you can teach to a dog when they have no idea what you are talking about, 2) that it is not something you should be teaching to your dog unless they already know, 3) that you should not teach your dog basic commands unless they are able to do them, and 4) that you need help from an expert. So, how do we solve this problem?
There are two main approaches:
1- Teach your dogs basic commands so they can understand and act on the words you use. This is the approach I have taken with my pets for several years now and I love it. It keeps dogs busy enough without needing a lot of specialized training or costly equipment.
2- Talk about how to teach your dog basic commands and give lots of examples in different situations (for instance, one example might be Sit, another may be Down, another may be Come). The approach I’d like to take here is the opposite: talk about how the other way is useful but get your pet to do only the one thing in which they show aptitude or interest. This will get them out there and show them new things — but only for those things for which their natural inclinations point them in the right direction. The idea with this latter technique is not just showing them new things; it’s showing them new ways of doing certain things because doing certain things as naturally as possible is always better than doing them as forced by some kind of instruction manual or pre-programmed instruction by a TV show!
I don’t think anyone would argue that we shouldn’t try teaching our dogs basic commands if they already have some understanding of what we mean by “basic”! It just seems reasonable to assume their understanding will improve over time. And if you are trying to learn yourself — maybe because you want to become more confident or less intimidated when dealing with pets — there’s no better skill for learning than “basic commands” (and also offer valuable feedback)!
Age of dog
The world of dog training is a vast, fascinating and varied landscape. A few years ago, I started copying the recipes my wife had for homemade dog food into a few free PDFs and distributed them to friends; and though I didn’t get a single email from anyone who bought any of them, one thing became immediately clear: people love to learn how to train their dogs.
But the best way to teach your dog basic commands is not with text-books or videos. It’s not even with photos of ordinary dogs in ordinary poses. The best way to teach your dog basic commands is through real life experiences — reading about it online probably only helps you when you are trying to learn something new. And when it comes to training dogs, that’s exactly what we do in this guide: we both read about training dogs and try it ourselves.
So let’s translate what we have learned from our own experience into a step-by-step guide that will help you start teaching your dog basic commands today (or in the very near future). Step 1: Choose Your Dog’s Breed
This may seem obvious but it bears repeating: choosing a good breed of dog is crucial if you want your dog to be obedient and well-behaved while also being safe around other dogs and people. You can read more about how this affects the kind of obedience training you do here (scroll down on this page).
But seriously, here’s why choosing a good breed matters: breed quality is based on genetics which means there are thousands of different breeds out there which means picking the right breed can be tricky; most professional trainers won’t take on any particular breed, they only take on breeds which suit them. And even among those that they do take on, there are variations in each breed which means these variations matter too — for example, some breeds may require less exercise than others so if you have a couple who spend all day chasing each other around then selecting a breed which needs less exercise isn’t going to work for everyone; and even if it does work for some people then those who don’t have time for exercise might suffer from increased anxiety if they live in an apartment or house where lots of other people go walking at all hours.
Step 2: Teach Your Dog Basic Commands – 4 Steps Here’s what kind of training we recommend as part of our basic obedience training program (you could use either these steps or combine
Train the dog from puppy
In this piece, we’re going to explore some of the basic commands that your dog should be able to do before training them (and which you would want them to learn), and then cover a few ways to make it easier for your dog.
The first thing you need to know is that many dogs will already be able to do some basic commands, probably because they have been doing them since birth. A good deal of what they do is automatic, much like how you or I perform certain tasks without thinking about it. If your dog has a strong verbal command (such as “sit”), you can train your dog so that it does automatic things when it hears the command (like sit).
Here are some examples:
• You say “Sit”, and if your dog sees the object in front of him, his head goes down and he sits until he hears the command again (which varies slightly depending on what dog you have). If you have a particularly vocal breed, like a labrador retriever or spaniel, try saying “Sit” with a loud voice so that they think they can produce an “unexpected sound effect” (i.e., no-noise) — this is called “leaping into action” and makes them more likely to respond automatically.
• If your dog has no verbal cue at all, he will walk over to you and sit until he hears the command again (if there is something in front of him). Do not try to teach him what words mean; instead choose words that are easy for him to understand but not too easy. Some common phrases are:
• Stay — means don’t move any closer or turn around — just stay facing me!
• Sit — means stay sitting still until I tell you otherwise!
• Down — means don’t move; just lie down on the floor! Pretty simple stuff really; if your dog understands these commands easily, there may not be any point in teaching them further. You can also teach your dog other commands such as hug or shake hands with people who are petting/petting/touching him/her — these will be more difficult for him than simple actions like sit and lay down on the floor. Practice these combinations with your dog for 1-2 hours per day so that they become automatic; later in life when it becomes hard for both of you to
Do not make your dog to obey orders, but rather let him learn by simply observing you
There are two main ways of teaching a dog commands. One is to use commands, and the other is to teach your dog how to respond on its own. In the here-and-now, it seems like it doesn’t really matter whether you use words or physical actions.
A few months ago, I wrote a post about how to teach your dog basic commands (known in colloquial terms as “fetching”). The post was widely shared and received a lot of positive feedback. Some people said they had been using this technique for years on their dogs and that they had succeeded in teaching them what they wanted them to know; others said that this technique was not right for them because they did not have time or desire to spend so much time with their pet. There were also some who complained that their dogs could not be trained at all, but just made themselves available for any command which would be given to them (allowing them to simply follow the lead of the person giving the command).
But despite my own personal experience, I do think it’s possible. For example, I have observed that a dog’s attention span is fairly short; after around 30 seconds (say), most of them will begin looking elsewhere. They may also begin trying to walk away from you. It does not mean these dogs are stupid; it simply means that in general we can’t expect our pet(s) to remember everything we tell them repeatedly (they have limited attention spans); if we give our pet(s) too many new things at once (e.g., sit, down, fetch) then they will stop listening once they become tired or bored of it; and if we repeat commands many times in succession (e.g., sit, down), then those commands will lose their effect on our pets because there will be no point in paying any attention anymore — the dog can simply ignore us and continue moving about as he pleases.
So again: don’t make your pet obey orders by making him listen to you first — pay attention first! You should try out different methods/strategies until you find one which works best for your pet(s). Let him learn by simply observing you…
Critically evaluate your dog’s responses and behaviors when you are teaching him new commands
When you are training your dog, there are times when it is important to let him understand what is expected of him and when. This article provides tips to help you train your dog’s responses to new commands.
Be patient and consistent in teaching your
There are many approaches to teaching your dog basic commands. Some use physical techniques and some use verbal prompts. Some use toys and some don’t. Some start when the dog is little and get better each time, others start early and get worse every time.
Whatever approach you take, there are a few things that should be kept in mind as you begin:
• Consistency (if you aren’t consistent, your dog won’t learn)
• possession of the correct tool (measles vaccine, hamsters, etc.)
• Form (it shouldn’t look like a class or a demonstration)
• Hope (that your dog is going to do what it needs to do)
Once you have established these basics of how you are going teach your dog what it needs to know, it becomes easier for the rest of the learning process to become automatic.