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5 Basic Commands for Dog Obedience Training 

Maybe you’re just starting your dog training journey, or perhaps you’ve been down this road before – either way, mastering basic commands are a great way to instill some obedience in your furry friend. We’ll share the top five basic commands every dog owner should practice with their pet. So, grab those treats, put on your best dog whisperer hat, and let's get started! 

Shephard Sitting for Dog Obedience Training

  1. Sit, Pawsitively Amazing: 

Imagine the scene – you walk into your living room, and there sits your dog, calm and collected, eagerly waiting for your next command. The secret? The timeless "Sit" command. It's not just about getting your pup to park their posterior; it's about instilling discipline and creating a foundation for future training adventures. 

To achieve the perfect "Sit," hold a treat above your dog's head, moving it slightly backward. As their nose follows the treat, their bottom will gracefully descend. 

Once they're in the sit position, shower them with praise and treats. Practice makes perfect, and soon your dog will be sitting on cue like a four-legged royalty. 

  1. Stay, because Patience is a Virtue: 

"Stay" – a word that holds the key to a well-behaved dog. Mastering this command requires a balance of patience, practice, and positive reinforcement. Start with a short distance and gradually increase it as your pup becomes a staycation pro. 

 Have your dog sit, hold your hand up like a traffic cop, and confidently declare "Stay." Take a step back and reward them if they remain in place. Repeat and extend the duration, always rewarding good behavior. Before you know it, your dog will be the Zen master of the "Stay" command. 

  1. Come When Called, the Ultimate Bonding Experience: 

 There's nothing quite like the joy of your dog bounding toward you when called. The "Come" command is not just practical; it's an opportunity to strengthen your bond with your furry companion. 

Start in a secure, distraction-free space. Open your arm, bring your hand to your chest as an invite and enthusiastically call your dog's name followed by "Come" with a treat in hand. When they reach you, offer the treat, celebrate like it's a doggy parade – pets, and all the positive vibes. This command is about creating a positive association with returning to you, making it a delightful experience every time.


  1. Down, the Cozy Command: 

Picture this: Your dog gracefully lies down on command, looking adorable and ready for a nap. The "Down" command is a versatile gem that brings tranquility to various situations. 

Hold a treat close to your dog's nose, lower it to the ground, have your hand cupped so they have to lay to insert their nose under hand. As they follow the treat, their body will naturally lower into a down position. Immediately, reward and repeat. This command is perfect for creating a relaxed atmosphere during family dinners or when you just want your pup to chill by your side. 

  1. Leave It, Because Some Things Are Better Left Untouched: 

Ah, the "Leave It" command – a lifesaver when your dog's curiosity gets the best of them. Teaching this command prevents them from munching on things they shouldn't, be it a tempting treat or a questionable item from the sidewalk. 

Hold a treat in your closed hand, and let your dog sniff and paw at it. Say "Leave It" and wait for them to lose interest. The moment they divert their attention, reward them with a different treat or praise. Consistency is key, and soon your dog will think twice before nosing around forbidden territory. 

In conclusion, dog obedience training is an adventure that transforms your canine companion into a well-mannered superstar. Keep it fun, positive, and fill with love. If you're in the Columbus, OH area and need a helping paw, Ohio K9 Ranch is here for all your dog training needs. Contact us today to learn more.

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