List Of Dog Commands To Whip ( no pun intended) Your Dog Into A Master

September 6, 2017 by Posted in: Blog

List of dog commands

List Of Dog Commands – The Beginning Of A Awesome Partnership

Ever spoke to your dog but instead of one word commands you tried speaking to them as you do to humans?

Well I have to say, I’ve never had success with sentences.

Without a good list of dog commands, how will our furry friends know what we want. Using one word commands sets you as the leader of the pack.  Positioning yourself as the leader from  the time you get your dog is key. But if you haven’t let’s focus on doing so.


Puppies have short attention span – When To Start Teaching Puppy Commands

Wondering when to start teaching puppy commands?

As young as 7 to 8 weeks of age is a good age but if you are looking for a more traditional method, then 6 months of age is typically a good benchmark.

One thing you should always keep in mind is the length of your trainings for your bet.

Do not overestimate the attention span of your dog, theirs isn’t that long. So do not get upset at your pop for them not paying attention for long periods. Focus on keeping short sessions to build them into fully grasping what you want them to do.

These short sessions will not only minimize distractions but it will also give your dog the best chance of holding the command memory  so you can teach them even more. As you progress maintaining your dog’s attention, you want to then gradually increase the amount of time spent on training each day.

Now let’s get down to commands we all know but some of us aren’t so good at. But with practice the skies the limit on what you can teach them:



Ever looked at your dog and wished that you can get them to stay. Imagine what your dog was thinking while staring right back at you!

Hey bub, I’ve seen this face before but i have NO IDEA what that means so im just going to continue laying next to you. Btw, have anymore of those chewy bones ???

The stay command is one of the hardest for puppies and young dogs to master. But once they master to stay, it will be a lifesaver. You won’t have to worry about your dog chasing a squirrel all throughout the park because once your dog grasps the understanding of the command stay he or she can move unto more advanced obedience techniques.

The goal with stay is to teach your dog that his job is to remain right where he is until given further instructions.

How to Teach Stay

To teach the stay:

  1. Have him sit comfortably next to you with a leash on.
  2. With a flat palm wave it against his muzzle and say “Stay.”
  3. Now step in front of your dog, but wait a few seconds, and then step back beside him.
  4. Treat your loyal companion to a tasty treat as a reward.
  5. If hi  or her moves, calmly repeat the first 4 methods above.
  6. Take a break for the slightly stubborn dogs and run the exercise over for the ones that get it. Remembering to keep it in short intervals at the beginning.
  7. Once your dog gains the understanding teach him a release word. you will say when it’s time for him to be released from the stay.  Try something like “okay” or a thumbs up should be beneficial.



Next up in this small but user friendly list of dog commands is the come command. Think about the amount of times you lost your grip on the leash. The come command is definitely second up in this small but important dog commands.


How to Teach Come

  • Put a leash and collar on your dog.
  • Its important to be at eye level with your pup/dog. Now say come and also give the come here hand motion while gently pulling on the leash.
  • When he gets to you, reward him with affection and a treat.

Now one last thing to remember about this is to make sure that once your dog gets the come command mastered remove the leash— and practice the command in a safe, enclosed area.



Leave it

Curiosity never killed the cat and neither will it kill your dog. But it might harm him or her. Smells, other dogs playing in the park a little way off, or something dangerously intriguing.
All of these random possibilities can cause your dog to end up at the vet, and not just for a regular checkup. So teach your dog leave it today!

The goal is to teach your pup that he or she gets something even better for ignoring the other item.

How to Teach Leave It

  • Have some treats laging arpund? Grab them. Now Place a treat in both hands.
  • Make sure your friend sees you enclosing your hand with his or her tasty treat inside. Now say, “Leave it.”
  • Ignore his or her advances ( lick, sniff, mouth, paw, and bark ) to try to get it.
  • After him or her calms down, reward the behavior with the treat from the other hand.
  • Repeat in short doses until your dog ignores from the enclosed fist when you say, “Leave it.”
  • Next, only give your dog the treat when he moves away from that first fist and also looks up at you.


How to Teach Leave It – ADVANCED TECHNIQUE

Now that your dog has gotten the leave it skill down lets take things to another level with another 2 treats in your arsenal. The difference is that — one will be o.K. while the other will be fresh and mells awesome.

  • Since you two are in sync from the previous training Say “Leave it,” place the less attractive treat on the floor, and cover it with your hand.
  • Once your dog ignores the treat and looks up at you remove that treat from the floor, and hand that tasty bad boy  to your dog; making sure to give immediate affection so they can understand what’s going on.
  • Repeat this process a few times.
  • After that you want  place the less tasty treat on the floor… but without completely covering it with your hand. Instead hold it a little bit above the treat. Over time, gradually move your hand farther and farther away until your hand is about 6 inches above.
  • Now guess what? Your dog is now ready to practice with you standing up! Follow the same steps, but if he tries to snatch the less tasty treat, cover it with your foot.



Down” or “Lay Down” means the dog belly is touching the ground. So as a mini rjule you should keep in mind is that if youre going to do this make sure you’re going to be in one place for more than 5 minutes.

How to Teach Down

  1. Put a piece of really yummy treat between your thumb and index finger and show it to your puppy.  This can give you a upper hand by getting him or her be able to follow your hand! Take this time to motion them in a vertical motion to the floor until you achieve the laying down position. Make sure to go slowly.
  2. Reward immediately after he or she lays down.
  3. For the ones that do not lay down use shaping as a way to help this situation out. To Do this effectively you want to do short approximations to your desired goal. Simply reward the dog first whenever he or she gets closer to the ground half way. Then do so again when he or she gets 3/4 of the way and finally one more reward with immediate affection for laying down.
  4. Repeat in small doses at first. Once mastered gradually move into a longer session up while maintaining treat distribution to be done by giving the treat to your dog in open palm style.

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With this list of dog commands you will give yourself a upper hand to not have to worry about your dog when you’ve forgotten the leash at home, see him itching to run after that pesky squirrel or just seeing something intriguing.

Remember that not all dogs will learn things quick and not all dogs will take long to learn.

Be patient, have small training intervals and then gradually build it up to longer intervals of training.