How to Get Your Dog to Respond Quicker to Commands

April 16, 2014

By Langley Cornwell

Training your dog to follow your commands promptly and accurately can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a very daunting task. It takes loads of patience and love, but it’s worth it. Responding to commands quickly helps strengthen a good relationship between you and your pet because you can take your dog more places and do more with her. Furthermore, this ability helps to keep your pet safer because you can direct her behavior and help keep her out of trouble.

This also means that she can be allowed to have a little more freedom because you can trust that she will obey you promptly when you give her a command. The problem is that sometimes, dogs can be very stubborn and not follow your commands as fast as you would like. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help get your dog to respond quicker to your commands.

When teaching your dog commands, you want to keep it as simple as possible. For example, instead of saying “come here” just say “come.” You should also remember that dogs don’t hear words the way we do, so your body language is very important. If you’re not giving her your full attention and expressing your commands with your body language as well as your words, she won’t give you her full attention.

Don’t Be Repetitive with the Command

One of the biggest mistakes dog owners make when training their pets is being repetitive. For example, if you tell your dog to sit and she doesn’t do it right away, most people will repeat it again within seconds. After saying the command two or three times, the dog may sit and then you praise her for obeying. The problem is that when you do this, you’re actually teaching your pet to only sit after you say the word two or three times.

The same holds true for any command, so do not repeat yourself. Give your dog time to respond and then praise her with wholesome, healthy dog treats like CANIDAE Bakery Snacks when she does. If she doesn’t obey within 20 or 30 seconds, walk away for a few minutes, then come back and try again. Once your dog learns that you’re only going to give the command once, she will begin to respond much faster because she won’t be waiting to hear the word again.

Be Persistent and Change Environments

Training your dog takes patience and persistence. If you don’t spend a little time teaching her the commands you want her to learn every day, she’s not going to pay much attention to you. You need to start out teaching your dog commands in a quiet setting with no distractions and gradually change environments throughout the training sessions.

For example, when teaching your dog the command “come,” you’ll start out at home when no one else is around. However, eventually you’ll need to take your dog to the park and other locations so you can teach her that she needs to respond immediately no matter where you are. Then work up to environments with a variety of distractions and work on the same thing. The more you work with your pet, the easier it will be to get your dog to respond quicker to your commands.

When you have a polite dog, one who responds quickly and accurately to your commands, it opens up so many possibilities for the two of you.

Top photo by Quinn Dombrowski
Bottom photo by carterse

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