Basic Dog Commands

Basic Dog Commands

How Do I Teach Basic Dog Commands?

Bringing home a cute new puppy is lots of fun, but can also be a lot of work. Your new friend is probably sweet, jumpy and very rambunctious. Which is why teaching him some basic dog commands can help both of you in your relationship! Teaching your pup a couple of specific commands will help keep him safe when you are out on adventures together, as well as keep you happy and calm. Luckily, puppies are very responsive to consistency and routine training, and getting through this milestone in your relationship will be a breeze if you follow these simple steps and tips.


Before you start teaching your four-legged friend specific commands, you must teach him how to pay attention to you. Otherwise, all of your hard work and training will be lost on him! To get pup to pay attention to you, engage him by calling his name or showing him a treat. Once he identifies training sessions with treats, he will be much more likely to pay attention to you. This starts the whole process out much more smoothly for the both of you!

Train Indoors

Its important to start training your pooch indoors. This is much safer for him, as he is in a comfortable environment without too much stimulation, and will be more relaxed than he would be outdoors. Start by having a training partner, friend, or family member gently hold your pup on a leash on the other side of the room from you. Standing across the room away from your dog gives him enough room to understand that you want him to come all the way over to you. Standing too close will make it hard for him to know what it is that you want him to do. When you call him, keep your arms open in a welcoming gesture. This will make him feel more comfortable coming to you and let him know that he isn’t in trouble.

Short Commands

In this first part of training your pup, try and use very simple commands. Keep them short and sweet. This will probably include “come!” “sit!” “stay!”, etc. The simpler the command is, the easier it will be for your pooch to remember it. Make sure to be consistent in the command that you decide to use! Adding hand signals to your verbal command is also helpful. This way you will be able to communicate with your dog in situations when a verbal command may not be possible. Consistency is also very important with hand signals to make sure your dog learns them well and does not get confused.

Rewards & Praise

Puppies are very responsive to rewards and praise, and you should use these two things liberally in your training time. Lots of belly rubs and ear scratches will make this experience much more enjoyable for both of you! Throughout your training time, verbally encourage and praise your pup, so he knows that you are pleased with him. This will also relax him during your sessions. After your puppy completes each command, he should be given a little reward, this is a great incentive to listen to your commands. In the beginning it is a good idea to start with small doggy treats. Later move on to physical rewards, like long belly scratches or some puppy play time! Switch up your rewards regularly so that your pup doesn’t get bored or disinterested in them.

Final Thought

Training your dog to follow simple commands can be a fun and bonding experience for the two of you, and repetition is the key to success! If you follow the steps outlined above, it shouldn’t take you long to train your pup to recognize simple commands. Repeating these simple commands over and over again will help ensure your new friend’s safety and happiness.

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