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10 Dog Commands to Teach Your Dog (Part 2)

Friday, September 13th, 2013

There some dog commands which are generally considered to be essential, regardless of the dog’s breed or their particular role—such as family pet, seeing eye dog, and so on. Although specific breeds or working dogs might require different basic commands than a typical family pet, most dog experts agree that there are basic commands which can help any dog breed and any dog owner. These commands are intended to help keep the dog, and anyone or anything that interacts with the dog, safe from harm and happy. In part 1 of this article, we covered the following basic commands: sit, stay, leave it and down. The following are other basic dog commands which are considered to be essential.

Okay

OKAYThe “okay” command release a dog from a previous command, such as sit or stay. For example: If a pet owner commands their dog to sit when a family friend comes through the door due to the tendency to jump on anyone when they first arrive, the “okay” command will let them know it is now okay to greet their visitor. Although “okay” is not as common a command as sit or stay, it is important for dog owners who have dogs that have difficulty recognizing when they are allowed to discontinue a previous command.

No

Although pet owners may not realize it, “no” is actually a command. When a dog is taught “no,” they are being taught that a certain behavior is not acceptable. This is a command that should be taught as early as possible, preferably when the dog is still a puppy. Certain behaviors, such as chewing furniture, jumping on furniture, or biting, can often be curbed by training a dog to learn that “no” means the behavior is not okay.

Drop It

This command, similar to “leave it,” will teach a dog to drop something which is inside their mouth. This command can actually be a lifesaving command, if a dog has grabbed something in their mouth which may hurt or even kill them. It can also be used to save personal items, like shoes or clothing, from becoming a dog’s next chew toy. Drop it can also be used when teaching a dog to play fetch—dogs which are stubborn against typical training may find it easier to learn the command when it is included as part of a game.

Heel

Heel is an often misunderstood command. Many pet owners believe that “heel” means back-off or get away. Heel is actually a command used during walking which teaches a dog to walk alongside its owner’s hip, rather than in front of the owner or behind the owner. In other words, the heel command teaches a dog to walk with their owner—not against them. Heel is absolutely essential for large breeds who may run or give chase when out for walks.

Stand

Stand, sometimes used as “be still,” is a command which teaches a dog to stand up and stop moving. This command is particularly useful for veterinarian trips, trips to the groomers, and home-grooming a dog. The stand command allows a veterinarian or dog owner to examine the dog without it moving around or becoming restless.

Why Dog Commands Are Important

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Dog commands can sometimes seem like nothing more than a silly parlor trick. “Sit up,” “sit down,” “fetch”—do they really have any significant importance, or are they something that pet owners do so that they can show off a few tricks to their friends? The truth is: dog commands and overall dog training are important both to pet owners and dogs. Training a dog to respond to commands allows for the dog to learn household and social etiquette; in other words, commands help a dog learn and respond to what is expected of them. For example: If they are expected not to sit in furniture, the “off” command will teach them that they are expected to get off the furniture—whether or not they’ll listen when their owner isn’t looking is another story, of course.

Why_Dog_Commands_Are_ImportantAlthough some dog commands can be related to tricks—such as “spin around” and “shake”—most commands have a much more important purpose than entertainment. The purpose of dog commands can be boiled down into two main categories: keeping dogs safe and keeping people safe. Just about every type of command can actually accomplish both of these categories. For example: The command “off” can be used when a large dog is attempting to jump on a houseguest that it wants attention from—this keeps the house guest from getting unintentionally injured by the large dog. The command “off” can also be used when a dog jumps up on one end of the kitchen table where a hot candle flame is burning on the other end—this keeps the dog from burning itself by immediately telling the dog to get down from the table.

Dog commands may also be useful in the case of dog to dog or dog to other animal interaction. Although many dogs can get along wonderfully with each other and other animals, like cats, sometimes negative interactions do occur. Sometimes, these negative interactions can be prevented, avoided or even curtailed by a well-given command to a dog that has been properly trained to respond to them. For example: A dog is jumping around a cat, attempting to play with it; the pet owner can see that the cat is irritated by the dog’s behavior through its body language, which the dog does not understand or is perhaps even ignoring. If the cat is provoked for too long, it may respond by attacking the dog. This can be avoided by giving the dog a command that removes it from that situation, such as “come,” to make the dog come to the pet owner, or “sit,” to make the dog stop jumping around the cat. In both of these cases, a potential negative interaction that could have resulted in injuries for both the dog and the cat were avoided because of dog commands.

The importance of dog commands ultimately comes down to keeping animals safe when they are interacting with people, other animals, and the world around them.