7 Basic Dog Commands Every Dog Should Know

When training your dog there are 7 basic commands every dog should be taught before trying to teach major tricks. The first thing your pet will need to know is its name and how to use the bathroom outdoors. It’s suggested to master these two commands before starting further command training. Training your dog to be a well-behaved pet consists of him understanding and following these 7 basic dog commands. You can then move on to cool fun tricks or advanced tricks.

Here are the basic dog commands to teach your pet good manners…

1.  Come

This is an important command to teach your dog. He needs to trust and understand that when called, it’s his job to obey and come to you, without hesitation or much delay. It’s an easy command to get them to follow if added to their name in an excited tone of voice. If too firmly used it could teach unwanted behaviors rather then the reverse. Keep it exciting and rewarding. You can add to a routine of commands once “come” is mastered.

2.  Sit

Every dog should learn the “sit” command since it teaches control and obedience. I like to use this command for practically everything that I ask or do for my dogs. Anytime that I would like to give a treat, I always ask for a “sit”, sometimes in addition to other commands or tricks. I request a “sit” before I give my dogs their food. If they want to play, I ask for a “sit” before tossing the ball or playing tug of war. While on walks, it’s definitely a good idea to have your dog sit at the curb before crossing the street. This is important in order to keep everyone safe.

3.  Stay

A good mannered pet will stay where its owner tells it to. Following your lead only when release command is given. “Stay” takes some extra patience especially when working with a highly distractible younger dog.  To start, have your dog be in the “stay” command for a super short time like 3-5 seconds and reward with a treat. Gradually increase the time and this will help reach your goal of your dog remaining in “stay” until you say otherwise. Don’t rush the training and give your dog time to get it.

A “come, sit, stay” routine will help your dog identify each command with the wanted action.

4.  Down

Getting your dog to lay down is a good control method when excitable behavior or rough housing is happening that disrupts your home. Play and exercise is required but all good things must come to rest. “Down” is a good behavior modifying command your dog should understand and obey.

5.  Heel

“Heel” can come in handy when you want your dog to pause or wait. A good “heel” command should get your dogs attention and he should look to your for what to do next.

6.  No

No is no! “No” mixed with an annoying sound can quickly get a dog to understand it’s doing something unwanted. This can be simply clapping your hands (loudly) together to grab extra attention. This method works perfectly for my dogs.

7.  Off

Using an “off” command will help you keep control of your dog if he is excitable and likes to jump up on people. “Off” can also be used if you don’t want your dog on the counter, table, bed or furniture.


Best of luck to you and your pet with these commands!

Training your dog these 7 basic dog commands will help you build a solid bond with your now well-behaved pet. Dogs grow rapidly yet still go through stages like humans do. There will be the puppy stage, toddler stage, adolescence time, and finally adulthood. Dogs reach adulthood closer to 2 years of age so there is no imminent rush to train everything all at once. Take your time and be consistent with spending training time with your pet. He will learn to listen to you and look for your direction in a trusted way.

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