Recall Can Save Your Dog's Life
The emergency recall ensures that your dog will come running when
you call it in any and every situation. It is used only in emergencies,
such as when your dog is about to run in front of a moving car. Training
your dog to come in an emergency may save its life. This command is different from the simple recall, often called the come command.
The come command, or recall, can save you from much aggravation
and frustration. For example, you can use it to get your dog to go if it slips out of
its leash, to get it to come quickly inside from the yard, or to come over
for some cuddle or playtime. Be sure to ask your dog to come to
you for good things. This way, it will always be happy to go on cue.
Practice this frequently throughout your dog's life, rewarding
compliance with praise and treats when available.
Heel Command / With Me
Heel Command is training that keeps your dog from
pulling on the leash. This means your dog is walking in pace with you
in a relaxed manner. A loose leash makes walking your dog much
more fun and makes it more likely you'll get your dog out for
the exercise and socializing it needs. You can use any word or phrase to
mean the same thing. Instead of saying "with me," some people use the
command "easy" or "no pull." Choose something easy for you to
remember and simple enough for your dog to understand.
Leave It Command
Leave it is the basic dog training command to tell your dog not
to pick up something it's approaching. This command can prevent it
from eating something harmful or help you to save your favorite pair
of shoes from being chewed. This cue is best used when you spot
something that may interest your dog, but your dog has yet to pick it
up. If your dog picks up something before you can say, "leave it,"
then the command drop can protect it from accidentally ingesting.
The sit command is usually the first command people teach their dogs.
It seems basic, but it can be essential in managing
unwanted behaviors. For instance, a dog can't sit and jump simultaneously. By training your dog to sit, you've begun the work needed to prevent it from jumping. Also, training your dog to sit can help it settle
down and relax when needed.
The stay command is helpful in many situations. For example, it can keep your dog
out from under your feet or save its life by preventing it from
running into dangerous situations. In addition, if your dog can stay on
cue, you can manage its behavior well in public and private. It may also
allow you to let your dog off the leash in certain situations when it
must stay still.
Wait for Command
When you give your dog the wait command, you tell it not to
move forward until you give it the release word. It is perfect for
keeping a dog from bolting out of a door, crate, or car. Wait, tells
your dog something it wants is coming, but it has to be still to get it.
This cue is similar to staying but gives your dog more freedom while waiting.
The down command is vital for several reasons. First, just like
the sit command, it's incompatible with certain unwanted behaviors.
For example, a dog can't jump up and surf the counter while it's down. By
teaching your dog to down on command, you have a tool to manage.
Several common behavior problems. It also promotes relaxation for
excited dogs. Down serves as the building block for some other behaviors. For
instance, before you can train a dog to roll over or go to a place, it
needs to know how to down.