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The four com­mands your dog should know—for your san­ity and his safety

Have you heard of the fa­mous bor­der col­lie, Chaser, who can iden­tify at least 1,000 nouns? She is truly #dog­goals. But your pooch doesn’t have to be Ein­stein (or Chaser) to be a good ca­nine cit­i­zen. We asked vet­eri­nary be­hav­ior­ist Ni­cholas Dod­man to share the four things ev­ery dog should know for his safety and your san­ity. come

Pet par­ents’ num­ber one wish is for their pup to come when called, ac­cord­ing to Dod­man, who is the pro­gram direc­tor at the Cum­mings School of Vet­eri­nary Medicine at Tufts Univer­sity in North Grafton, Mass­a­chu­setts. And if your dog is a run­ner, you will need to be able to get her back us­ing only your voice. To train her on this, tether her to you on a very long lead in­side an en­closed area. Say her name, then say “Come” and praise her as soon as she heads your way. If she doesn’t budge, gen­tly reel her in, telling her what a good girl she is as you do so. Once she’s with you, kick up your com­pli­ments and give her a high-value treat.

sit

This is a great one to know and not just for im­press­ing your friends. Dogs can’t mul­ti­task, so if they’re sit­ting when in­structed, they ac­tu­ally can’t mis­be­have. The sim­plest way to teach “Sit” is to get a treat ready, say the magic word, and wait. Even­tu­ally your pup will get bored and plunk down. When he does, be quick with the pos­i­tive feed­back. “Your doggo will learn that when he puts his butt on the ground, food ar­rives from heaven,” Dod­man says.

quiet

“Dogs bark—that’s what they do, and not all bark­ing is bad,” says Dod­man. But it can be­come too much, and it can come at in­op­por­tune times (like when your neigh­bors are try­ing to get their baby to sleep). When a sim­ple “Quiet” doesn’t work, ig­nore the dog. Bark­ing ex­tin­guishes when it doesn’t pro­duce an ef­fect. Be warned: It may get worse be­fore it gets bet­ter, so give the neigh­bors a heads-up—and cut them some slack when their baby cries.

off

No one wants to be the owner of that dog who jumps on kids. So when Buddy leaps up on you, say “Off,” then stand like a statue. He’ll re­al­ize noth­ing is hap­pen­ing and stop. As soon as all four paws are on the floor, lav­ish him with love. “Even­tu­ally they get the pic­ture: ‘ I will stop do­ing this and getp raise,’ ”D odmans ays.

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