6 Ways to Teach Your Dog Basic Commands

There are several basic dog training commands that every dog should know. These can help you to keep your dog under control.

Obedience training helps your dog see you as his leader and it also gives him a mental workout – something that many canines need just as much as physical exercise to stave off boredom and make them feel useful. And some commands, like a good recall, may even save your dog’s life one day.

The following types of training should be considered as absolutely essential for every dog owner.


This is one of the easiest dog obedience commands to teach, so it’s a good one to start with.

Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose.

Move your hand up, allowing his head to follow the treat and causing his bottom to lower.

Once he’s in sitting position, say “Sit,” give him the treat and share affection.

Repeat this sequence a few times every day until your dog has it mastered.

There are many methods for training, but one of the best is to use food treats. But, for some of us, it is a challenge to find the right kind of treats for training. Some are too crumbly, some are too hard and others are full of yucky ingredients that dogs really should not be eating. I know from my own experience that premium pet food is really expensive, but with a little bit lucky we can find great offers. For my, free pet food samples are a great way to save money. And I admit that I’m always looking for free dog products.

This week I found that Iams is giving away 1000 packages of free pet food –  for our animals.  I applied for this summer offer and I am so excited because now I have some good treats for my dog.

Check this limited offer if you are interested in receiving free pet food. Hurry up if you want to get a package! I am sure that all pet owners will apply for it.


The come command can save you from a lot of aggravation and frustration. You can use it to get your dog to come if he slips out of his leash.

Put a leash and collar on your dog.

Go down to his level and say, “Come,” while gently pulling on the leash.

When he gets to you, reward him with affection and a treat.

Once he’s mastered it with the leash, remove it and practice the command in a safe, enclosed area.


This can be one of the more complicated commands in dog obedience training. Why? Because the position is a submissive posture.

Get your puppy to sit in front of you.

Show him a treat and slowly lower it to the floor in front of him while saying “Down!.

If he doesn’t go down all the way, gently pull his front legs forward until he does.

As soon as he’s down, praise and reward him.


The stay command is useful in a lot of situations. Before attempting this one, make sure your dog is an expert at the “Sit” command.

Make your puppy sit next to you.

Putting the palm of your hand in front of him, say “Stay!”

Take a step or two back.

If he moves, calmly return to his side and repeat. Keep moving back further when he stays.

Reward when he stays, even if for just a few seconds.

Leave it

This can help keep your dog safe when he is curious, like if he smells something intriguing but possibly dangerous on the ground.

Have your puppy sit.

Place a treat or a toy right in front of him.

Say “Leave it!” and keep your hand close to the object.

If he moves toward it, cover it with your hand and repeat “Leave it!”

Remove your hand again and wait a few seconds.

Praise him. Repeat daily and build up the time he has to leave the treat or toy.

The goal is to teach your pet that he gets something even better for ignoring the other item. I recommend you to give him a Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Diamond Plate Toy after this lesson. Why? Because this eco-friendly toy is designed to be filled with your dog’s favourite treats and food.

Fill the open cavity of the toy with peanut butter, then freeze and give it to your dog. Your animal will be more than happy.

If you want an Orbee toy for your dog, you find one in this Super Chewer BarkBox. This is the most popular dog subscription box, and the brand offers these days a Super Chewer Box version for dogs who are destructive. I get one and I am really pleased with the products. This box contains toys, like Petsafe Ninja Star, high-quality treats, and grooming products selected for your dog based on size. All natural treats, tough toys, and challenging chews are included in the monthly box. BarkBox will replace a toy for free if your dog defeats it.

You can have one BarkBox for only $29 or if you think your dog can handle more, you can subscribe for 6 months ($25) or 12 months ($20). Also, every month you will receive different toys and food for your pet. So, you don’t need to go to the shop for treats and toys because you will receive all of them in this Super Chewer BarkBox.

If you are interested, here you find the Super Chewer BarkBox with an Orbee Dog Toy and with others 4 products.

Barkbox is an excellent choice for doggies and their humans that want fun boxes full of wonderful themed toys and treats.


The “wait” command tells your dog to wait to move forward until you release him.

Put your dog on a short leash and walk him to the front door.

Slowly open the door just a small amount.

Hold up the palm of your hand in a stop position and say wait!

Shut the door quickly as soon as your dog starts to move toward you. Keep repeating the steps described above.

Just these six simple commands can help keep your dog safer and improve your communication with him. It’s well worth the investment of your time and effort. Also, teaching your dog the basic commands of obedience will make your household a much more pleasant place.

Obedience training is not for the dog, it’s for you. This training teaches you how to communicate with your dog in a way that he understands. If you send your dog to someone else to train him, he learns to work with that person, not you. Take the time to learn how to train your dog, but don’t pass the responsibility off to someone else.

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8 thoughts on “6 Ways to Teach Your Dog Basic Commands

  1. Kathleen

    Help me! I have two half breed husky and I’m trying to teach them, one doesn’t want to do anything the other however is overly hyper. How am I going to teach them? Please help me!

    1. Joyce

      I suggest you some Beggin’ Strips Bacon! Your dogs will absolutely love these treats and will do anything for one.

      1. Kathleen

        Thanks for your advice!

  2. Carol

    Now I can easily give training to my dog. Thanks for sharing the information 🙂

  3. Barbara

    This article is really helpful! Thanks!

  4. Carmen

    I have a rescued 6 month old Stafford Bull Terrier who is already neutered and he’s great in house but attacks every other dog outside. So how do I cure this?

    1. Sherri

      Show him that the behavior is unacceptable but do not strike him or he will see you as a threat. Slowly socialize and let your dog meet others and make sure that he feels comfortable as well.

  5. Paula

    I have 2 sibling German Shepherds. They are 1 and a half. How do I get them to pay attention to me and not each other?

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