Basic Dog Training Commands
When it comes to training your new puppy, we know it can be an uphill battle! Here are a few tips and commands to use when first teaching that new pup to sit and stay.
- With the dog’s attention focused on you hold one finger up so that your dog’s eyes and head naturally follow it up into the air. When this happens, his bum will drop to the ground. Do this while saying “sit.” Reward your dog with belly rubs and treats and repeat. Eventually try giving the command to “sit” without using the hand motion.
- For stay, once the dog is sitting, use a flat palm and extend it in front of his muzzle while saying “stay.” Stand in front of your dog for a few seconds and then back away. If the dog remains sitting, reward him and use a phrase you like such as “good stay.” Repeat this and each time you’re successful move slightly further away. When you call your dog and he comes, reward with plenty of love, praise and treats.
- When other dogs want to play, first have your dog sit and stay and then, when you’re ready for him to play, give a command such as “go get it” or “check it out” and allow the dog to go. This will teach him that you are in command.