Building on Your Dog’s Vocabulary of Commands
So your dog already knows the commands sit, down, heel, come, and stand. You can even show this understanding of commands to your friends and surely, they will appreciate the effort you have put into training your dog these basic commands.
The idea of progressing into advanced commands is that you want your dog to widen his repertoire of commands so that you will be able to prepare him a lot better in dealing with real-life situations. Here are some of the more advanced commands that your dog will need to learn if you want him to graduate from the basics.
Teaching your dog the stop command will make him cease what he is presently doing. You can then issue the basic lie down command.
The backdown command teaches your dog to check his distance especially when strangers are around. This is especially useful if the dog is unusually aggressive, large, or massive that the last thing you want is for it to pounce on a stranger.
Although not a verbal command, the growl cue is the opposite of the back down command. Whereas in back down where you want your dog to move back a bit and check its temper, in the growl cue you are gesturing your dog to let out an unfriendly snarl so that strangers will keep their distance from both you and your dog.
The shake command teaches your dog to shake his entire body and is especially useful when you need to make him shake off excess water from his body after taking a dip in the river or after a bath. This is necessary to avoid soaking you when you hold your dog to dry him up completely.
One of the more adorable tricks that dogs can master, the shake hands command teaches your dog to lift his paws and place it on your hands, imitating the human handshake.
Teaching your dog the steady command is almost synonymous to the basic stay command. The main difference however, is that in steady your dog can freely move about but should not wander off far from you.
For most people, the stand command is a basic command. However, teaching your dog the stand command is very useful especially when you want him to stand still while grooming him. In grooming, you need a perfectly standing still dog in order to perform those stylish grooming techniques necessary to create a physical appearance that is uniquely appealing.
Get in is the command that you need to use to tell your dog that it is time for him to go to his bed or to his crate. Some dog owners prefer to use ‘go to bed’ or ‘kennel’ command rather than the get in command. However, the go to bed command will be more specific if you want your dog to go inside his crate and go to sleep. As such, many dog owners prefer the get in or kennel command to direct their dogs to go inside his crate, do whatever he wants to do inside, and remain there until you let him out again.
There are other advanced commands that you may need to teach your dog. Although different dog owners use different words to mean the same thing, it is best to use a word or a command that is not only unique but will easily be remembered by your dog.