• 3 Commands You Can Teach Your Dog

January 05, 2018 1 Comment

Friday, January 5, 2018

We all know that training your dog from its puppy years is the best time to begin training your dog.  Teaching good behaviors during the puppy stage will help the dog learn right from wrong. This training will also set the foundation for good behavior for the rest of their lives.  Although there are some cases, especially in rescue situations, where the dog is not trained from its puppy years and you must train them as an adult dog.

So where do you start with dog obedience training?  You could take a class with a training instructor, but that can be costly.  The best person to train your dog is the you.  In fact, with the right attitude, it can be fun for both you and your dog!

The three most common, and most necessary training techniques are teaching your dog to sit, stay and come.  Teaching your dog to sit is simple and it is also the basis for other commands, so it is a good one to start with.


  • First, hold a treat close to your dog’s nose.
  • Then, move your hand up, allowing his head to follow the treat causing his bottom to lower.
  • Once he is in sitting position, say “sit”, then let him have the treat and tell him good job!

Repeating this a few times every day until you dog has mastered it. Once he has mastered the act of sitting you can teach him to sit at specific times when you want him to be calm.



This command will help keep your dog out of trouble in cases of emergency.  For example, if a squirrel runs by while you are walking your dog and he has the overwhelming urge to chase it! 

  • Put a leash on your dog.
  • Kneel to his level and say “Come” while pulling on the leash towards you.
  • When he starts to understand, reward him with a treat and a “good boy!”.

Once he has mastered this you can take the leash off as long as you feel you are in a safe, enclosed area.



This command requires your dog to have already mastered the “sit” command.

  • First, ask your dog to sit.
  • Then, open the palm of your hand in front of you and say “Stay”.
  • Take a few steps away from your dog. Reward him with a treat if he stays.
  • Gradually practice this & increase the number of steps you take away from your dog before giving the treat.
  • ALWAYS reward your dog for staying put – even if it doesn’t last very long!

This exercise requires self-control for your dog, so it may take a bit longer to master than the other commands.

Don’t rush the process and be sure to stay consistent while training your dog.  You are asking a lot of your dog, so the process could take weeks to fully master.  Stay positive, calm & assertive.


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    1 Response

    Beth Russell
    Beth Russell

    July 03, 2018

    The stay command is unnecessary if sit means sit until I give you further instructions. I realize its taught this way by many obedience instructors. However, as a working dog advances, you will find that it’s an unnecessary command. If I tell my field golden to sit. He knows I mean to sit. He will be there 5 minutes later without further commands. Far more efficient and teaches dogs that sit isn’t a short-term thing. It can be as short or long as your person chooses.
    There is an economy of commands and language with dogs. The fewer you use—-the more likely they are to listen.

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