Top Ten Basic Dog Training Commands

Basic Cue Words Every Dog Should Know

There are several basic dog training commands that every dog should know. These cues can help you to keep your dog under control and give your dog a sense of structure and order. They can also help you manage a variety of common behavior problems. in some cases may save your dog's life.

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    One of the most important parts of training a dog is making sure his attention stays on you. Teach him the look or watch me command so that no matter what distractions are present, you can always get your dog to focus on you.

  • 02 of 10
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    The emergency recall ensures that your dog will come running when you call in any and every situation. It is used only in emergency situations, like when your dog is about to run in front of a moving car. Training a dog to come in an emergency may save his life.

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    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, to get him to come quickly inside from the yard, or to come over for some cuddle or play time.

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    With me is the dog training command used to keep your dog from pulling on the leash. A loose leash makes walking your dog much more fun and makes it more likely you'll get your dog out for the exercise and socialization he needs.

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  • 05 of 10
    Jack Russell at table leave it command
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    Leave it is the basic dog training command you use to tell your dog not to pick up something he's approaching. It can prevent him from eating something harmful, or help you to save your favorite pair of shoes from being chewed.

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    Training a dog to drop it ensures that he'll let go of anything he's picked up in his mouth. Like the leave it command, drop it can save your dog from ingesting anything poisonous or that may cause injury. It will also keep him from chewing up your possessions.

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    The sit command is usually the first command people teach their dogs. It seems pretty basic, but it can play an important role in managing unwanted behaviors. For instance, a dog can't sit and jump at the same time. By training your dog to sit, you've begun the work needed to prevent him from jumping.

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    Shar Pei dog lie down command
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    The lie down command is important for several reasons. First, just like the sit command, it's incompatible with certain unwanted behaviors. A dog can't jump up and surf counters while he's lying down. By teaching him to lie down on command, you have a tool to manage a number of common behavior problems.

    Lie down also serves as the building block for a number of other behaviors. For instance, before you can train a dog to roll over or go to his place, he needs to know how to lie down.

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  • 09 of 10
    Dog Training Photo - Dog in Down Stay Position
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    The stay command is useful in a number of situations. It can keep your dog out from under your feet, or it can save his life by preventing him from running into dangerous situations.

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    When you give your dog the wait command, it tells him that he can't move until you give him the okay. It is perfect for keeping a dog from bolting out of a door, his crate, the car, etc.