Essential Commands Your Dog Needs to Know

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Every dog needs certain essential commands for safety and to maintain a healthy relationship with their owner. This blog post will teach you the essential commands every dog should know so that they can be safe and happy members of your family.  Some of these essential commands are “sit”, “stay”, “come” and others. The first thing you need to do is get acquainted with the basics: come, stay, down, off, heel. These are all very important in making sure your pup obeys instructions and stays out of trouble!

Teach your dog the basics

Dogs are a lot of work, but it’s worth the effort. You can’t just open up a dog obedience school and expect your pup to get all their training done in one day. It takes time and patience to teach dogs how to behave properly. The good news is that with some guidance, you can do this on your own! This blog post will discuss some simple ways you can help train your puppy so they grow into a respectable canine citizen!

Make sure your dog is well-behaved and trained before you start teaching them more advanced commands

Dogs are very intelligent animals, but they can only learn a certain number of essential commands. If you start teaching them more advanced commands before they have mastered the basics, then your dog will not be able to understand what you want it to do. This is why it’s important that the first thing you teach your pup is how to sit or lay down on command. Once this basic command has been learned, then further training can take place and the dog will be much better at understanding what its owner wants from it.

Use positive reinforcement to teach your dog what you want him/her to do

When it comes to training your dog, you should always use positive reinforcement. This means that when your dog does something good, give them a reward like a treat or praise. Doing this will make them want to do what you ask more often and they will learn faster!

The first thing that comes into play is teaching a command or behavior by rewarding good behavior with treats and praise until they get it right, then gradually increase the difficulty of what you ask them to do (e.g., asking them for more difficult commands). For example: Sit means lay down on their stomachs and put both paws behind them (this may take some time if your dog doesn’t know sit yet), then reward when he does it! Eventually use ‘sit’ without rewarding every single time.

Keep training sessions short, but frequent for best results

One of the most common questions that dog owners ask is “how long should I train my dog?” This can be a difficult question to answer. The duration of your training sessions will depend on what you are training for and how often you want to practice it.

For example, if your goal is to teach a new trick or command, then you might need to train every day until they learn it. However, if you just want them to stop jumping up on people when they come in the house, then one session per week would suffice!

Here are some of the Essential Commands your dog needs to learn:


One of the most important things to teach your dog is “sit.” This essential commands will keep them from jumping on people and furniture, and prevent them from getting in trouble.

If you’re having trouble teaching your pup to sit, one of the best ways to get started is with a “sit” command. Your goal here is to teach them when they need to be sitting down on their own and not jumping up or running around without permission. It could take some time for them learn this skill, but it’s worth working patiently at training until they can do it reliably.


The best way to teach your dog a “stay” essential commands is to use a word that has meaning for him. One good choice might be the word “bed,” which you have previously trained him to understand means he should lie down and stay there until released from this position. You can now use this same word as part of his training program for staying when told to do so.

Essential Commands


Dogs are a lot like children. They need to be taught what is appropriate and what isn’t. It’s no secret that counter tops, tabletops, and high surfaces can be dangerous for curious pups who find themselves up there before you know it. Luckily, teaching your dog the “down” essential commands will also help with house training!

Tip: It’s a good idea to keep your dog on leash when he or she is off-leash in the house. If you’re not careful, they might make their way up and onto something high without thinking twice!

There are many “down” essential commands for dogs too – some owners will use the word themselves (“Down!”) while others opt for hand signals (a downward motion with one palm). Either way, once your pup understands what this means, it’ll be easier to teach them other things like staying out of certain rooms or not jumping up on people.

“Off” or “No!”

You love your dog. You want to protect them from people who might not understand their body language, or don’t know how to greet a dog. Unfortunately, you can’t always be there with them. With these essential commands and some training, they will learn that when someone approaches without permission or tries to grab at their food bowl, they need to get away!

If someone tries to pet your dog without asking first, tell them “Off” or use a noisemaker. -You can teach a noise like this with the game Guess Who? where you say who is in each of the pictures and then make that sound when they get it right. You can also try saying No! loudly but firmly instead.

“Give me five!”

Do you want your dog to be able to shake hands, wave goodbye, sit or lie down on command? Teaching tricks is a great way to keep your pup mentally stimulated and well-trained. However, if you can’t motivate them with food, try using the “Give me five!” command.

This phrase helps teach tricks like shaking hands or waving goodbye because it’s similar in tone and cadence to what they may hear at the end of their training session when they’ve been given treats for successful behaviors. If that doesn’t work, give them a treat after each successful trick reinforces good behavior!

Give me five


Dogs are pack animals which means they need a leader. You’re in charge of your pup’s life so make sure you stay on top of things and don’t let them get away with anything. Training sessions should be short but frequent, as long as your dog is behaving well enough to listen to what you want him/her to do without any problems or distractions.

Be patient with the process – it may take some time for them to learn everything you’ve tried teaching them, but if they have a good foundation in place now then eventually it will start sinking in!

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