Now imagine the same scene but you quickly recognize the child is fearful. You shout "Come", and the dog turns away from the kid and runs back to your side. Disaster averted without so much as a raised hand.
Such is the difference basic obedience training makes.
Basic commands that are important to master and should be worked on first include 'sit', 'down', 'stay', 'look', and 'come'. These provide the owner with a useful range of commands that will keep the dog under control in a wide range of situations.
Training takes time and patience, so be prepared to train for 5 - 10 minutes several times a day, both now and moving forward into the longer term.
The basic tools you need to obedience train include: