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It's important to start training your dog early. Visit our dog training archive for more information. While having a dog can be a rewarding experience, it can also be frustrating if you and your dog have misunderstandings. Most of the time teaching your dog basic commands can help alleviate a lot of the misunderstandings that happen between a pet and the owner. Below you will find some of the most important dog training commands that you should teach your dog, which will allow you to communicate with your dog effectively.

The "Sit" Command

"Sit" is one of the commands that you need to teach your dog and it's one of the most important out of all of the various dog training commands. It's also often times one of the very first commands that a pet owner will teach their dog since it's a more useful and evergreen command. There are many situations in which the "Sit" command is useful, but most people use this command to stop their dog from jumping on someone. It's also useful if you are carrying items in your hands and you don't want your dog to jump on you causing you to drop what you're carrying. If you tell your dog to "Sit" it can also help him relax a little more and not be as wound up or stressed out. An example of this is if you are walking your dog and there are other dogs in the area that is causing your dog to become a little too excited. It's also good for if you are wearing a nice outfit and you don't want your dog to jump on you or the furniture you are sitting on.

The "Stay" Command

“Stay” is another one of the basic commands that people teach their dog to get them to stop following them in certain situations. An example of when this is useful is when you are going in and out of the house to carry in groceries or other items. Very energetic dogs really need to know the "Stay" command because it helps them calm down. It's a great command to keep your dog out of dangerous situations. If you are outside and don't have your dog on a leash, teaching the dog to "Stay" could prevent your dog from following you out to the road to get the mail. It could also stop your dog from chasing after a passing car, person, or other dog. "Stay" also works well for situations where you don't want your dog underneath your feet, such as if you are moving furniture or other objects in your house.

The "Leave It" Command

If you have a very curious dog, then "Leave It" is one of the more useful commands that you can teach your dog. It's one of the more basic commands and this command is all about telling your dog not to pick up a certain item that he's interested in. You could use this command in various situations, and it could even save his life if the item is dangerous to him. One example of where this command is useful is if you left a pair of expensive shoes out in your living room because you're going out later to a nice dinner. If your dog approaches the shoes like he is going to chew them or bite on them, you can use "Leave it" to communicate with your dog not to go after the item. In certain situations using "Leave it" could prevent your dog from grabbing and ingesting potentially harmful objects or products. If you dropped something on the floor that you know is dangerous for your dog, such as chocolate or garlic, then it's best to use this command in that situation.

The "Down" Command

"Down" is a command that people teach their dogs in an effort to get their dog to lie on the ground for a certain amount of time. This command in general is harder to teach a dog because it's putting them in a more vulnerable position. If you tell your dog “Down” he should be lying flat on the floor until you give him the okay to get up. "Down" is a command that is useful in certain situations and it's an extended version of the "Stay" command. If you want your dog to stay in an area for a longer period of time, you would likely use "Down" instead of saying "Stay." This command is useful for more hectic situations, such as if there is a lot of noise or people in the environment. This command can also be used to keep your dog from climbing onto objects, such as staying off of furniture or off the kitchen table.

Tips for Training Dogs New Commands

There are many tips that you should follow if you want to train your dog and get them to understand new commands. You will need a lot of patience when it comes to teaching new commands because it's not going to happen overnight. It's important to keep calm and not yell at your dog or punish your dog if he doesn't follow your command. You also should not try to push your dog in the position that you want, such as push him down in order to lie down. Treats are often times the reward used during training to get your dog to follow commands. There are clicker treats and other products you can purchase that will help you with the training process. Most people have found that using treats as the reward is the best way to get the dog to listen. It's also going to help you train your dog quicker due to it being positive reinforcement. Lastly, you should be going through multiple short training sessions as opposed to one long training session. The sessions should be no more than two minutes long since dogs have shorter attention spans. It's best to do multiple training sessions throughout the day for a couple minutes per session. Multiple short sessions and using positive reinforcement and repetition is the key to successfully training your dog.