Top 7 Basic Commands Your Dog Should Know

Dog training is something that a lot of people do to have a well-behaved dog, but what if Drypet told you that basic commands are important for the health and safety of your dog and those he or she interacts with? While having a well-behaved dog is ideal, your top priority is probably keeping your dog safe.

These seven basic commands will help you keep your dog safe in any situation.

1. Sit

Sit is the most basic command you can teach your dog. It is the precursor to a lot of other more complicated commands you may decide to teach your dog later on. Teaching your dog to sit can prevent jumping on people, rushing into harms way, and many other unwanted and possibly dangerous situations.

2. Stay

Stay is a big one. Dogs don’t understand the dangers around them. Teaching your dog to stay can prevent injuries such as being hit by a car. As one of the more difficult commands to teach, you will need to be diligent, because this is a command that could save your dog’s life.

3. Come

In an emergency situation, your dog’s ability to come to you when called is extremely important. Should your dog run out the front door, come could prevent your dog from running off and getting lost or hit by a car.

4. Leave It

Dogs are known for exploring new things with their mouths. This means that they can pick up and swallow things that could cause them harm. Teaching your dog to leave it will give you piece of mind that your dog won’t eat pills off the floor or swallow something sharp before you can get it picked up.

5. Drop It

Drop it comes in handy for all those times you didn’t see something in time to tell your dog to leave it. Dogs have strong jaws, so prying something out of their mouth isn’t always an option. If your dog has anything in its mouth that is dangerous, drop it will alert your dog to release whatever is in its mouth. If your dog has another animal or the arm of a human in its mouth, this command can also prevent injury to the other being.

This command is also helpful for game of fetch. Instead of tugging a toy out of your dog’s mouth, which could damage teeth, your dog will know to drop the ball or toy in your hand or at your feet.

6. Wait

Many dog owners don’t understand the difference between stay and wait. Stay is a more permanent form of wait. Wait tells your dog that they just need to have a little patience before doing whatever it is that they want to do.

7. Heel

A heeled walk gives the owner more control of the dog while walking. This type of walking can come in extremely handy when crossing a street or walking in a busy city or forest with dangerous creatures. Heel requires your dog to walk right by your side instead of letting the dog lead or pull on the leash.

Healthy, happy, and safe dogs are a top priority at Drypet, which is why we recommend teaching your dog these seven commands to prevent any injury.