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If you were to train your dog with just five to ten commands, what should they be?

If you were to train your dog with just five to ten commands, what should they be?

BY: The Dog Daily Expert

Proper obedience training is critical in ensuring the safety of your pet and your family. Well-trained dogs often live longer -- with a better quality of life too.

Most trainers stick to some variation of the following eight commands: come, sit, off, stand, stay, drop, heel and bed. You can probably guess what sit, off, come, stay and heel mean.

"Stand" is handy at the veterinarian's office and when you need your dog to position itself properly for washing and grooming. "Drop" is important, should your dog get ahold of potentially dangerous or valuable items. Many owners fail to teach their dogs "bed," or a similar command indicating it's time for the dog to go to his or her sleeping spot for a snooze. If your dog sleeps with you, the command helps to instruct your pet to move to the proper spot on the bed, thereby not crowding your space.

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