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16 Commands You Must Teach Your Dog After Adopting

Top 16 Commands You Must Teach Your Dog After Adopting
Top 16 Commands You Must Teach Your Dog After Adopting

You’ve made an excellent decision to adopt a homeless dog from your local animal shelter. However, when adopting a dog with an unknown history, it can be very difficult to know how much dog training the pet has received in the past. Therefore, it’s really important to establish the necessary “ground rules” right from the start of your relationship with your new companion.

A happy, well adjusted dog knows his role within your family; as a loyal protector, companion and friend. In this article, I’ve selected a range of excellent and most vital dog training commands you should teach your newly adopted dog – from basic to advanced – that will help your pet become a well behaved member of the family.

Remember, the key to successful training is consistency, praise and patience.

Also, another essential tip from dog trainers: keep all of your pet training sessions short (10-15 mins) and always end on a positive note. This ensures that your new dog remains happy and confident, ready for the next one. And don’t forget to have fun!

16 Commands You Must Teach Your Dog After You’ve Just Adopted Them

Basic Dog Training 101

The following 5 commands create a solid foundation for success. When your dog can understand and listen to these commands consistently, you’ll know it’s time to challenge him and move on to the Intermediate level.

1. Sit

This is one of the most fundamental commands your dog should learn. Teaching him to sit properly, and on cue, will help you control his behavior in countless situations. For instance, when you’re trying to put his leash on for a walk but he’s running around excitably, a simple “sit” command will allow you to calmly and safely attach the leash.

2. Stay

This command is really useful in situations where you cannot be beside your dog but you need him to stay out of the way. For example, it’s very useful when the doorbell rings and your are greeting guests.

The standard method is to first use “sit” then “stay” to tell your dog he should not move from that spot until you “release him” from the command. This is done vocally by saying “Ok” or with a combination of words and hand signals, like many other dog commands.

3. Down

This command is usually part of a combination with “sit” and “stay”, and used to keep your dog in a calm, relaxed position for a longer amount of time. It’s very useful when you have company or maintenance workers at your house, or if you’re out somewhere with your dog and need him to settle down.

4. Come

Teaching your new rescue dog to come back when called, otherwise known as “recall” is an integral part of his good behavior education. This command is useful when he’s playing in safe off-leash areas, and you can also potentially avoid dangerous situations or encounters when he’s off leash and might go after something he shouldn’t.

5. Heel

Teaching your dog to “heel” means showing him how to walk beside you properly on the leash without pulling you everywhere. Walk time is always an exciting part of your dog’s day, but he needs to learn his manners so that you both can enjoy the experience and adventure.

Intermediate Level Dog Training

Once your dog has mastered the basics, these next commands are important to maintain good behavior in a variety of situations as well as learning some fun ways to play together.

6. Off

This command is mostly directed…


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