How to Teach Your Puppy Basic Commands

Teaching Your Puppy Basic Commands

Teaching your puppy some basic commands, such as “sit,” “,” and “” can help you and your dog bond and interact with each other better.

Teaching your puppy these commands should begin as soon as you bring him home. Start by saying each command and providing a reward for successful completion. Use treats and verbal praise and be consistent with the command and the reward. If your puppy does not obey, do not punish him, instead, try again and be patient.


Sit is one of the most natural commands for most dogs to learn, which means it’s a good place to start. This command is also a great transition to other more complicated commands like and .

To teach sit, kneel in front of your dog and say the command “sit.” Move your hand with a treat so your puppy follows it. When your dog sits down, give them a treat and praise them. Repeat this a few times until they can do it without your help.

As they get more comfortable with the sit command, add a release word (like “okay”) to your commands to encourage them to lie down instead of jump up. When your dog can stay in this position for a few seconds, you can practice with them from a distance to get better control and to build the duration.

When your dog can hold a solid “sit-stay” for fifteen to twenty seconds, you can delay the delivery of treats and focus on building their patience. Practice this exercise several times, adding distance and varying the duration until your pup can hold a solid “sit-stay” 80 percent of the time.


Training your puppy or dog to stay is an important part of basic obedience. It teaches them to remain in place until they are given a release command and is a useful skill in many situations.

The first step in teaching your pup to stay is to get them used to the command. Start by saying “stay” in a calm but firm voice as you place a treat or toy in front of them. Allow them to take the treat or toy, but don’t let them move away from it until you’ve said “okay” or “release”. Once they understand the command, start gradually increasing the length of time that you ask them to “stay” for.

The next step is to increase the distance between you and your pup. Start by standing a few feet away, and give the command “stay”. If they remain in place, reward them with a treat or toy. Gradually increase the distance, always rewarding them for good behavior.

Finally, you’ll want to teach them to stay in different environments. Start by practicing in a familiar room and then move to different rooms or outside. You may need to repeat the process at each new location until your pup is comfortable staying in any environment.

This command is important because it helps your dog stay put in case of an emergency. It can also be used to train your dog not to run off into the street when you get out of your car, or to stop them from chasing children and causing trouble at a park.

Training your puppy or dog to come when called is a critical behavior to teach. Not only will it make your walks and playtime more enjoyable, but it can also be a life-saver if your pup ever gets loose. With consistency and patience, you can teach your pup to come when called.

The first step is to choose a word or phrase to use as your “come” cue. It should be something that your pup can easily identify and will not get confused with other words or phrases.
Once you have picked your cue, practice the behavior with your pup. Start by calling your pup to come from a short distance and rewarding them when they do. As your pup becomes more comfortable with the behavior, gradually increase the distance.

When calling your pup to come, make sure to use a happy and encouraging tone. You also want to make sure that your pup is not distracted by any exciting stimuli, such as another person or animal. If your pup starts to wander off, give them a gentle reminder to come back to you.

When your pup comes to you, reward them with a treat or a fun game. This will reinforce the behavior and help them understand that coming to you is a good thing. With time and consistent practice, your pup will learn that coming when called is the best thing they can do.

Leave It

Training your puppy or dog to Leave It is an important behavior to teach for the safety of both you and your pet. This command helps keep them from eating or playing with something potentially dangerous or from running off and getting into trouble. The Leave It command is especially important for dogs that are prone to counter surfing or stealing items from around the house.

The first step in teaching Leave It is to make sure your puppy or dog is familiar with basic commands such as sit, stay, and come. Once your pup is comfortable with these commands, you can start to teach them Leave It.

Start by having your pup sit and stay while you put a treat in your hand and close it. Hold your closed fist in front of your pup and tell them to “Leave It.” If they try to get the treat, close your hand and repeat the command. Once they have stopped trying to get the treat, praise them and give them a different treat.

Once your pup understands the concept of Leave It, you can start to use it in different situations. If you are out for a walk and your pup tries to grab a stick or toy, tell them to Leave It and reward them for not taking it. If your pup tries to eat something off the floor, tell them to Leave It and distract them with a toy or treat.

With patience and consistency, your pup will soon learn to Leave It when you give the command.


Training your puppy or dog to DOWN can be a fun and rewarding process. The first step is to start off slow and build up gradually. Start by sitting your pup on a flat surface, such as the floor, and have them stay in this position. Once they are in position, then praise them and reward them with a treat.

Next, you will want to use a command such as “Down” or “Lay Down”. Make sure to say the command in a firm but not harsh tone. Once your pup or dog is in the down position, make sure to reward them with a treat or a verbal praise. Repeat this process until your pup or dog is consistently obeying the command.

Once your pup or dog is consistently responding to the command, then you can begin to add distractions. Start off by having your pup or dog stay in the down position while you move around them. If they stay in position, reward them with a treat and praise. As your pup or dog continues to improve, you can add in more and more distractions.

Finally, with enough practice, your pup or dog should be able to stay in the down position, even when there are distractions or when you are away from home. Training your pup or dog to DOWN is an important skill that will help keep them safe, and it can be a fun and rewarding process for both you and your furry friend.

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