How Can I Teach My Dog Simple Commands?

Teaching your dog simple commands is a great way to improve your relationship with your pup and to teach your dog some manners. It’s also a great way to avoid an embarrassing situation where you find yourself trying to call your pup to come and they just stand there, looking at you like you’re crazy. I’ll teach you the best commands to teach your dog.

The Best Dog Training Commands To Teach Your Dog

As long as you have a selection of words that he will respond to, it’s pretty easy to teach your dog simple commands that he will understand. You can try starting out with the name and then move into something else. Once he is familiar with the two phrases, you can start moving up to three and four phrases so that he can understand what you are asking him to do.

This should be pretty quick to learn as he is already starting to recognize your voice. One tip that I’d recommend is to try and do it in the kitchen where he will have a lot of space to be able to move around without running into walls or doors. I can’t emphasize this enough.

Once he’s learned how to respond to these two phrases, then you can start working on other commands. Some of the things that you can try are:

  • Sit and Stay
  • Follow
  • Leave It
  • Drop It

How to Make Your Dog Do Things

There are a few different options for teaching your dog these commands. I suggest using his favourite toy, food or bone for training. It’s up to you as to whether or not you want to buy specific toys for this, but you can’t go wrong with this method as it’s one of the most successful.

The best part about this method is that you can start to train it once your dog has already learned the initial phrases. This is a great way to get them to understand what you want, without it being a task where they have to sit and wait until you ask them a question.

Once you’ve completed this method, it’s time to progress to something else. At this point, you can try with a treat or food. You should also aim to train your dog to respond to a command even if it doesn’t sound like a command, instead of always barking when someone goes past.

Training Treats and Food

While many dog trainers will tell you not to use treats or food, I’ve always felt that the best training method is to start with something your dog likes. Your dog will be more interested in learning if they have something enjoyable in their mouth and the treats will be a lot easier for them to learn to associate with a reward.

The best option for training treats is by using a chicken, it’s a great reward that dogs really enjoy. But when training food, I have seen success using fruit, chicken or cheese as rewards.

There is a method to the madness when it comes to using treats and food. If you make your dog jump around with the food, that is what they will associate with when you ask them for something else. What you need to do is start with a small piece of the food and work up from there, using the same small pieces for training food and then gradually increase it until you are using big pieces of food.

I also really like the chicken and treat method as I find it useful to reward good behaviour. This method of training is simple and takes no time at all.

One good option is to watch how you eat your food, making sure your dog sees this and is trying to eat at the same time. This will help reinforce good behaviour and teaching them to wait for you when they want their treat.