When training your dog you’re going to be teaching him commands. These are special words that you repeat over and over to condition him to obey. Although there are certain command words that most trainers teach, in theory you could use any word you want to designate a command.
But what is most important is consistency. You must always use the same word for the same command. Mixing command words up will only confuse your dog and make training him more difficult if not outright impossible.
In this article we’re going to go over 4 of the most important command words.
The first 2 are what I call conditioning commands that you use in combination with action commands.
As the word implies, no is used whenever your dog is doing what he should not be doing. For instance if he urinates on the floor instead of going to his crate to pee saying no in a stern tone of voice gives him the message that what he did is not okay.
The key thing to remember with dogs is that your tone of voice is extremely important. With conditioning commands like ‘œno’ it’s as if not more important than just the word itself. This is because dogs are very influenced by body language and voice tone.
On the flipside saying ‘œgood dog’ lets your dog know that they’re doing what they should be doing. When you say this you should combine it with a physical gesture praising your dog for a job well done. This one should come naturally to most of us but what’s important is knowing how to use it in combination with other commands we’re going to talk about so you can positively condition your dog so he wants to follow your commands.
What dog owner hasn’t had a dog that you loved with all your heart but for the life of you could get to stay in one place? That’s where this command fits in.
Sit your dog down and with a stern tone, tell your dog to ‘œstay’. If he doesn’t listen, say ‘œno’ and start again. The key is repetition and consistency. If you start while he’s a puppy it shouldn’t take too long.
To teach him to sit, use the command while gently pressing his bottom to the ground with one hand and holding a toy over his head with your other hand.
If he doesn’t listen, follow the same method as when teaching him to stay.
Repeat these lessons several times in a day until he gets good at following your commands. Remember that all dogs learn at different rates so keep at it and you’ll find success.