Puppies are eager learners and can be taught advanced obedience commands to help them become well-trained and obedient adult dogs. These advanced commands go beyond the basic sit, stay, and come commands that are typically taught in puppy training classes.
Heeling is the act of walking calmly and closely beside the handler. This command is essential for walking on a leash in crowded areas or in situations where the dog needs to be under control. To teach this command, start with the dog on a leash and lure them to walk beside you with a treat. Gradually phase out the treat and use verbal cues to reinforce the behavior.
The “place” command is a useful tool for keeping your dog in one spot. This command teaches the dog to go to a designated spot, such as a bed or mat, and stay there until released. This command is useful when you want your dog to stay in one place while you eat dinner, have guests over, or perform other tasks where the dog could be underfoot.
3. Leave It
The “leave it” command is crucial for keeping your dog safe. This command teaches the dog to ignore food, objects, or other things that could be harmful or undesirable. To teach this command, start with a treat and hold it in your hand. When the dog tries to take the treat, say “leave it” and close your hand. When the dog stops trying to get the treat, reward them with another treat.
4. Drop It
The “drop it” command teaches the dog to release objects on command. This command is useful for getting your dog to drop a toy or other item they may have picked up that could be harmful or inappropriate. To teach this command, start with a toy and hold it out for the dog to take. Once the dog has the toy in their mouth, say “drop it” and hold out a treat. When the dog drops the toy, reward them with the treat.
5. Come Around
The “come around” command is a fun trick that can also be useful for maneuvering your dog. This command teaches the dog to circle around you and come back to your side. To teach this command, start by standing in place and using a treat to lure the dog around you in a circle. Gradually decrease the use of the treat and use verbal cues to reinforce the behavior.
The “speak” command teaches the dog to bark on command, while the “quiet” command teaches them to stop barking on command. These commands can be useful for alerting you to danger or getting your dog to stop barking when they become too excited. To teach the “speak” command, start by making a noise to get the dog to bark, then say “speak” and reward them with a treat. To teach the “quiet” command, wait for the dog to stop barking, say “quiet,” and reward them with a treat.
In conclusion, advanced obedience commands can be beneficial to your puppy’s overall training and behavior. These commands can also help your dog stay safe and behave appropriately in various situations. However, it’s important to remember that advanced obedience training requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Consistent training and practice will help your puppy become a well-trained and obedient adult dog.
Read more:Puppy Obedience Training 101: The Basics
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