Step-By-Step Instructions for Command Training Your PuppyStep-By-Step Instructions for Command Training Your Puppy

Dogs that are well-trained and well-behaved will be well behaved. The techniques for command training can be used to achieve almost any behaviour you desire.

What is it for?

Use a life stage-appropriate treat for command training, such as a kibble of your puppy’s current food or a treat formulated for puppies. Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s daily calories. This can be done by breaking down the treats or kibble into smaller pieces. Your puppy will respond to the act of receiving a treat, not its size.

Sit down

If you teach him this habit, your puppy will be more likely to sit before he gets what he wants.

First

Make sure you have a treat on hand. Keep your dog in a sitting position. Do not hold the food too high, or your puppy will sit instead of standing.

Step 2

Slowly and steadily move the food above your puppy’s head. The puppy will be able to point his nose upwards, and the back end of the food will drop towards the floor. This will place him in the sitting position.

Step Three

When your puppy’s rear ends touch the ground, say “Sit”, and then give it the food. When your puppy takes your food, say, “Good dog”.

Step Four

Soon, your puppy will be able to sit when you move your hand up. Slowly reduce the amount of food you give your puppy, but don’t forget to praise him for sitting still.

This command is useful when you have to subdue your dog quickly.

Lay down on the command

First

Ask your puppy to be sat using some puppy food kibbles or a delicious puppy treat.

Step 2

Once your puppy is seated, transfer the food from his nose to the floor near his front paws.

Step Three

When your puppy’s front ends touch the ground, say “down” and give him the food. When your puppy takes your food, say, “good dog”.

Step Four

Slowly reduce the amount of food you give your puppy, but don’t forget to continue saying “good dog” when your pup lies down. You’ll quickly notice that your puppy will slide into the down position with a simple downward sweep of your hands.

Your puppy should sit quietly before you after this command is completed. This command should be repeated with several people to ensure your puppy understands how to approach people.

When called

First

Your puppy should be about three feet from you. So that your puppy turns his head and looks at you, say his name.

Step 2

Holding a handful of puppy food kibbles or some puppy treats in your hands, extend your hand toward your puppy. As your puppy runs towards you, wave your hand and point at the food.

Step Three

Your dog should sit down in front of your face. Your dog should be able to eat the food, and you can say, “good dog.”

Step Four

Retrace your steps. Give your dog a second treat, kibble, and repeat Step 3.

Step Five

Gradually, move farther away. When your puppy is happy, you can call him when he looks away from you.

This command is vital to keep your dog safe and stop him from running onto the street.

Stay on Command

First

Choose a time when your dog is calm. Ask him to sit.

Step 2

Once your puppy is seated, you should lean toward him and make eye contact. Next, place your hand on his palm with your firmest tone.

Step Three

Give your puppy a few puppy food kibbles or a treat, and then wait for seconds. Then, release the command such as “OK.”

Step Four

You can increase the amount of time your dog has to be at home by practising frequently.

Step Five

After your puppy has stayed for at least 15 seconds, it is time to start working on distance stays. Once your puppy has said “stay”, you can move backwards, wait for a while, and release him. Gradually increase the distance and time.

This command can lead to hours of play with your pet.

Fetch

First

Pick something interesting for your puppy to fetch. Toss the toy within a few feet of your puppy.

Step 2

If your puppy takes the toy and picks it up, you can take a few steps back and wave your hand toward him.

Step Three

Your puppy should reach you when you do. Hold your hand and point at your puppy, pointing towards his mouth. Speak the words “drop it!” When your dog opens his mouth to eat the toy, it will fall out. As soon as you grab the toy, could you give it to your dog?

Step Four

Next, make the command by changing the cue words to words. Instead of waiting for your puppy to open his mouth, say “drop it” and begin swinging your hand towards your puppy.

Step Five

After your puppy understands the command, you will gradually reduce the amount of food. You can alternate between praise and food rewards so that your puppy doesn’t know which reward he will receive each time he drops the toy.