Every pet owner should provide basic dog obedience training. Regardless if the breed is large, perhaps a Great Dane or small such as a Yorkshire terrier, basic commands should be taught.
In fact, the dog’s age should not be a factor. Although it would be easier to teach a puppy, every dog can learn basic obedience although some modifications might be necessary. The bottom line - having a pet that responds to simple commands makes life easier for the dog and owner alike.
Keep in mind that along with basic dog obedience training, an individual could choose to provide a pet with additional training, whether for obedience or actual tricks. However, before moving on to advanced level training, an animal would need to have mastered the basics.
In this article, we wanted to provide a few helpful tips pertaining to training, as well as an overview of the three most important basic training commands.
As mentioned, advanced level commands could also be taught specific to obedience but first basic dog obedience training would be required, which works as a foundation on which to build. While the outcome is a dog that behaves and responds appropriately, training also gives an animal confidence needed to learn harder and more demanding commands and tricks.
We also want to emphasize the importance of using the right training tools. For instance, a person would need to provide the animal with a proper fitting collar and six-foot leash. In addition, small treats would be needed as part of each training session. Along with this, we strongly recommend clicker training, which is highly effective but also completely safe. Besides the necessary tools, training should always be conducted in a quiet place without distractions.
Something else to consider is that at first, a dog is not going to respond favorably. As with any type of training, it would be important to have realistic expectations and set achievable goals. For this, initial training sessions should last no more than 10 to 15 minutes. During this time, only one basic obedience command should be worked on, waiting for it to be mastered before moving on to an additional command.
Most importantly, only positive reinforcement should be used as both confirmation and a motivator. Years ago, dog training consisted of punishment but research and studies have proven time and time again that offering positive reinforcement is a much more effective means of training a dog, regardless of breed or age. This is why using treats and clicker training along with praise goes a long way.
Now, as far as basic dog obedience training, we strongly recommend the following three commands, at least initially.
As mentioned there are many basic dog obedience training commands that a pet owner could choose but when first getting started, the three mentioned are considered by experts to be the most critical.