5 Basic Commands Every Dog Should Learn

Yes, we believe you can train yours!

By Catalina Barrios

Training is doable! We believe in you!

After having my son, having a dog has been one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences in my life. There has always been a dog in my family. There’s nothing like running around my family’s farm followed by up to four dogs at any given time. “Coqui”, our dog back home before I came to Canada, was the first one to greet me as soon as I got off the school bus.


One of the things my sisters and I enjoyed the most was teaching our dogs tricks. It really is never too late to teach your dog tricks. Dogs have a wonderful capacity to learn commands. You don’t need to spends lots of money in dog training classes since we are about to help you learn how to teach your dog 5 of the most common tricks or commands.

Remember: “Practice makes perfect!”

1. Sit.


The most important command!

This is one of the most common commands to teach. Dogs who know how to sit are less likely to be jumping on you or anyone else. This is very important should you want to bring your dog into shops or cafes where they are allowed. First hold a treat close to your dog’s nose. Then move your hand up, which will make him follow the treat and will cause his bottom to lower. Once he is in a sitting position tell him “sit” and give him a treat. Do this several times and praise him when he does a good job.

2. Stay.


Before teaching your dog how to stay still, it is important that she knows the “sit” command and that she obediently sits when you ask her to. First ask your dog to “sit”. Then say “stay” while opening the palm of your hand in front of you. After, take a few steps back. If she stays, reward her with a treat and affection. As she learns,increase the number of steps before giving her a treat and make sure to always reward your dog. Do not give up, it will take some time for your dog to learn.

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