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Digital Subscriptions > Animal Wellness > Feb/Mar 2017 > TOP 4 BEHAVIORS EVERY DOG SHOULD KNOW – PART 1


Training your dog starts with KNOWING the most important things to teach him. The first part of this article looks at why “STAY” and “COME” top the list.

When training your dog, how do you know what are most important things to teach him? This two-part article will look at the top four behaviors every dog should know – stay, come, leave it, and heel – and why they’re so crucial.

Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? Easy-peasy. But as with everything else in life, things aren’t always as simple as they seem, which is partly what this article is all about. Words mean different things to different people, and to their dogs. For example, you’ll notice I use the word “behaviors”, not “commands”. Because of my background, the word “command” implies some kind of tyrannical dictator issuing an edict with a clear understanding that, if the edict isn’t followed, dire consequences will ensue!

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