Hi all, George here. Today we’re going to talk about how to properly give commands to your dog. It may not sound important, but consistency is key when training your dog, so it is just as important that you know how to always give the command properly as it is for your dog to know how to respond to it. In a previous blog about name recognition and awareness, which you can read here , I discussed always giving treats with the right hand. Now we are going to expand on this idea.
Before giving a command, it is important to have already learned the lessons in my first two training blogs about name recognition and awareness, and using proper correction sounds. When you want to give a command to your dog, you should get their attention by saying their name. If they are attentive and ready to receive a command, they will be calm. Their ears will be back, and they will be looking at you. This signals that they respect you, and are ready to obey you. A dog that has its ears perked up is too excited, and is not ready to obey. If they are not paying attention, then using your correction sounds would be the next step.
As I have covered in previous lessons, in order for your dog to respect you and want to follow you, you must remain calm, and maintain a strong posture. Becoming angry and yelling will only make your dog anxious. For more on this, read my blog on the training lifestyle here. Dogs always like to maintain rank and file, and will follow if lead. If your dog is not responding to you, walk them in a quick circle. Often this will change your dog’s entire attitude.
Once you know how and when to properly give your dog a command, you can teach your dog anything. Stay tuned for the next blog entry where I will begin teaching specific commands. As always, remember that you can control your dog’s behavior by controlling your own.
Be sure to check back often for more tips and tricks on giving your pet the happiest and healthiest life possible. George Domsic is the owner at Benchmark Pet Services, and has more than 40 years experience in the field of dog training and psychology.