Having an educated dog is necessary in order to be respectful of other people in society.
Teaching your dog some basic canine education such as orders or commands from when they are a puppy will avoid problems with other people in public places. You will also help to keep them safe and, above all, you will enjoy living together a lot more.
The basic command most dogs learn at home. It is very important as a seated dog finds self-control much easier than if they were standing.
If you think that your dog might be in danger walking along the street or crossing a road, this command could save their life.
Once you teach a dog a command you must take into account that you are asking them to behave in a particular way for a determined length of time, for example, when you tell them to stay. To do this it is necessary that you also teach them a word that liberates them: an “OK”, you can continue with what you were doing.
This lets the dog know that they must stop whatever it is they are doing: inappropriately greeting a person or another dog, being too boisterous when playing, barking at a stranger, etc.
This command avoids your dog eating food or objects in the street or simply stops them from taking food off the table. “Leave” is a command that can be used in other situations and is used in the same way as “stop”.
Dogs like exploring the world through their mouth and, particularly when they are puppies, it is something that they do constantly. If they learn the command “drop”, you will be able to remove things that could be harmful to them, or simply be able to play with them without having to run after them with no way of being able to get them to drop whatever is in their mouth.
In your place
Are you doing something at home and need your dogs to remain calm and peaceful and out of the way? Do you want to go out for a drink or a bite to eat and take them with you? This command will help you to keep them quiet and settled down so you can enjoy the peace.
Look at me
Centre their focus of attention on you and this way you will avoid your dog being distracted or excited by other stimulus that can alter their behaviour or make them hyper: another dog barking, something that scares them, a cat, etc.
Avoid escapes and other problems in situations where your dog is at a considerable distance from you. It requires work but it is necessary to teach them this call so that they return when you tell them to.
To make sure that your dog walks next to you is a particularly important command when you are walking around an area where there is traffic, children, bikes, etc.
Remember to always praise your dog when they complete any of the commands you have taught them: treats or stroking them will help to reinforce these behaviours in the future.
We hope you have enjoyed and learnt something new from these basic canine education techniques.