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What Are Advanced Dog Commands?

Commands are verbal trigger words used to train dogs to respond a certain way. Dog commands are important for both dogs and pet owners because they help the dog react appropriately with other people, other dogs and other animals. The most basic types of dog commands are those which are most commonly used by pet owners. These basic commands are typically listed as: sit, down, heel, come, and stay. These commands are the most commonly used; sometimes, pet owners might use different words for commands. The exact word that a pet owner uses is not important—consistency in use is what is vital to ensuring that a dog is trained to respond properly to commands. For example: Some pet owners use the word “lay” or “lay down” instead of the more simple “down.”

What_Are_Advanced_Dog_CommandsSome commands, however, are considered to be beyond basic commands like sit and stay. These advanced commands are those that train the dog to perform an action or behavior that is more complicated. Many advanced commands require a dog to have a strong grasp on more basic commands. The following are some of the most popular advanced commands taught to dogs by pet owners and trainers.

“Back up.” This command teaches dogs to back up on command; it is especially useful for owners of larger dogs, strong dogs, and dogs which may become aggressive.

“Growl.” This command is considered somewhat unusual, but teaching a dog to growl on command can be used to let people, such as potential threat, know that you and your dog want to be left alone. This command is not taught anas verbal command, however, and is taught by using a specific, small hand gesture.

“Go to your…” Teaching a dog to go to their bed, kennel or cage is an especially useful command for dogs that have a habit of getting underfoot. Some pet owners use this command when a dog is becoming unruly—for example, jumping up on house guests or becoming too play-aggressive with other dogs—in order to diffuse the situation.

“Drop it.” Dogs love to pick up things with their mouth. Unfortunately, not everything they pick up with their mouth is safe for them or others. Teaching a dog to drop whatever is in their mouth will help keep them, and potentially valuable or delicate objects, safe from harm.

“Attack.” An attack command should only be taught by a professional training program with the supervision and training of an expert in dog aggression and dog guard and attack techniques. This command is used as part of a guard skill program, which is intended to teach dogs how to protect their owners from harm. It should not—and this bears repeating—be taught without the assistance of experienced professionals.

“Give.” Give, sometimes taught as “give it,” is a command useful for dogs that tend to pick up fragile or personal objects that are better left alone; such as jewelry, clothing or pieces of paper.

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