Basic Commands You Need to Teach Your Dog Before Guests Come Over to Visit

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While you might be ready to have your pup tag along with you to parties and family get-togethers, he might not be completely ready for it. If you are visiting friends or relatives, or have guests over at your house, make sure that your dog knows these basic commands.

House training basics

One of the most common issues dog owners face when they visit someone else’s house are the basic house training mistakes. Your dog might understand that it is not acceptable to relieve himself inside your house, but he does not get the fact that the same applies inside the homes of your family and friends. Just to be on the safer side and avoid an unwanted accident, take him out to relieve himself as soon as you arrive at the destination and praise him for doing his business. Use your “go potty” or “go outside” command by letting him out after eating or drinking. Supervise him as closely as you can when you house training him for the first time.

Jumping

Dogs tend to start excited pretty soon and before you know it, they are jumping around for attention. Dog owners don’t handle the jumping behavior of their dogs properly and this leads to repeat offenses. In most of the cases, they end up inadvertently rewarding their dogs for their behavior by using their hands to move them off, which can seem a lot like petting. However, this will end up giving your dog more attention. The better response would be to ignore him completely and withhold all attention till he has all the paws back on the floor. Or, if you have taught him the “off” command, make sure that he listens to it and has all the paws on the ground before you reward him.

The “Sit” command

This is the most important behavior your dog needs to know before you take him to visit people. Your dog must have a clear understanding of how to control his voice and mouth, and a “sit” command should be able to take care of inappropriate biting, chewing and barking. To teach him to hold that position, ask him to “sit” and withhold rewards till he has complied. Keep repeating the routine for longer time intervals, till he comes to understand that “sit” means “sit and calm down”.As Fido gets better at sitting and staying when you command him to, you can take away the treats and replace them with petting and words of praise. Eventually, he will learn to sit without the expectation of any other reward except your approval. When that happens, you know that your dog is ready to go anywhere you take him.

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