If you have recently brought a dog into your life and home you’ll understand how important it is to train your dog to keep it safe at all times. The safety factor of your new pet is often overlooked in favour of house training, but it is as equally important, if not more so. This is especially the case when you consider that your dog will be taken out into public for a walk, often around other dogs, interacting with humans, and being close to traffic and other potential health risks.
One of the ways in which you can help to keep your pet safe is to ensure that it received the highest quality of training, either at home through your own commands and prompts, through a residential dog training programme which is undertaken over a short, intensive period of time, or a combination of the two.
There are several commands and behaviours that your dog can learn in order to stay safe and out of danger in a wide variety of locations and scenarios. The first is to teach it to respond to the ‘Sit’ command. Teaching your dog this command ensures that your dog will be polite and under control when meeting new people. The last thing you want in an unfamiliar situation or around new people is for your dog to be jumping up on people and out of control.
Another important command is ‘Stay’ and allows you to place your dog in a safe space for a longer period of time than ‘Sit’. This command can be especially important for dogs living in built-up, urban areas where there is a lot of traffic and a lot of people around. It can be used as a great command for dogs that are easily distracted by other things and should become a staple part of your dog command repertoire.
‘Come’, ‘Leave It’, and ‘Drop It’ are three other important commands that will help you to keep your pet safe from harm, teaching it to come to you if you sense that there is any danger, to leave an object or area that you feel could cause a problem, and drop an item that they have picked up and its now in their mouth! All of these commands will help you to bring a sense of calm and stability to any situation with your dog, no matter whether you are welcoming people into your home that your dog hasn’t met before, or out in a busy city centre with plenty of potentially dangerous traffic and unfamiliar surroundings.
Always ensure that you are working with a residential dog training service that meets your needs and understands how to effectively train a dog to stay safe in all situations, whether at home, in a public space, or around other humans (especially children and vulnerable adults). This will ensure the safety of others, but also the safety of your new pet.