The 7 Dog Commands Every Pet Owner Should Know
These seven dog commands are the best way to train even the most anxious dogs and build their trust.
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In this episode of “Lucky Dog,” Brandon teaches anxious shelter-pup, Vinnie, the seven dog commands that every dog and owner must know. Vinnie suffers from extreme shyness, which if not addressed, will make it difficult for him to find a home. Luckily, Brooks, who volunteers at the Lucky Ranch, is already interested. His parents told him as long as he learns as much as he can from Brandon, he can finally get a dog!
Dogs like Vinnie, who come from the streets, are likely used to people pushing them away, so it’s a new dog owner's responsibility to establish some trust. Where to start? With these seven dog commands:
These commands are the most commonly used ones that owners will go to on a daily basis. Forget the “more is better” mentality. Don’t confuse your dog by trying to train him or her with tons of commands that they may follow some of the time. Instead, focus on the seven most important ones, and with a commitment to training, you’ll have a dog who excels in all of them!
As Brandon explains, “These are the common commands that every dog has to know. This is the basic A, B, C’s, and 1, 2, 3’s of life.” To reward the dog’s behavior, use treats, praise, gentle touch, or all three! The ideal environment to train an anxious dog is in a quiet, calm home with no other pets or very young children. If you have an enclosed yard, this is the best place to train your dog, especially with the commands “stay” and “come,” which require some distance.
At Lucky Dog Ranch, where Brandon trains all types of dogs, he uses an approach called “TLC Training.” TLC stands for trust, love and conquer. Once you establish trust, training becomes much easier. This is exactly what Brandon did with Vinnie.
Repetition and practice is key to nailing these seven commands. The more your dog associates following a command with your love and praise, the better trained he or she will be. In those early days, expect to be frustrated, yet if you can maintain your cool and show your dog you’re the boss, you will soon have a well-trained and loving dog in your home!
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