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What are the 7 basic dog commands? (In Detail)

“Dogs are man’s’ best friend. We love them, they love us, and most importantly, they provide companionship that few other beings in this world can offer. The best part about having a dog is the unconditional love they provide.

However, before you start living with your new pup or thinking about adopting one from the shelter, it’s important to make sure you give them the proper training.

Learn how to train your dog with these helpful commands!

1.) Sit:

When you see a dog sitting, they are typically waiting for something or someone to finish whatever they’re doing before continuing on their path and may also have been ordered to do so by their owner without actually needing to be told as the command is a natural one in their minds, just like humans being told “wait” during classroom recess or while waiting for the bus stop no matter how many times they’ve waited before. (Much like the number of times a human child is told “don’t touch that” before they touch it.) This may also be due to finding out the hard way that disobeying this command was not in their best interest.

2.) Stay:

When you see a dog in a sitting position with their paw up, they’re likely not being defiant but are more than likely asking for something, whether it’s attention, food, or if they want to play fetch using you as the tennis ball.

3.) Lay down:

When you see a dog in a lying down position, they’re usually either resting or waiting for someone to come say hi and play with them or to go get something for them, which is typically very popular with dogs.

4.) Come:

When you see a dog coming toward you, this is typically the case because they’re looking for food or water as well as many times looking for attention or just being playful.

5.) Heel:

When your dog is following behind you and staying close, this is most likely enforced by the owner using it as a way to make sure that they’re not running away.

6.) Drop it (or Give me):

When you see a dog drop and give you a treat, they’re showing that they want food or they have had enough of what’s being played with.

7.) Look at me (or Watch me) :

When a dog is looking at you, this is most likely due to wanting attention or just being playful.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first thing you should train your puppy?

The first thing you should train your puppy is how to respond to the word “no.” It’s not enough just to say it once. You need to repeat it over and over again until they get it. This will help them learn boundaries in their own life, as well as with other people and animals. Once they know what this word means, then you can teach them some of the more complicated commands like sit or stay. 

When should I start socializing my puppy?

A dog’s socialization window is a very important time for them to learn about the world. Dogs that are not properly socialized can become fearful, anxious, and aggressive later in life. What experts recommend, is that it’s best to start as early as possible – ideally around 5-7 weeks old.

Why do dogs lick you?

Dogs do tend to lick their owner’s faces as an affectionate gesture. This behaviour often occurs when they are separated from their owners and when they greet them upon their return home after a long absence. The licking behaviour can also occur when humans are sick, fearful, excited or happy.

Can I train my dog myself?

No matter how big or small your dog is, you can train them yourself. However, some dogs will be easier to train than others. You’ll need patience and the willingness to spend time with your dog every day for a few weeks in order to see results. The most important thing you can do when training your pup is establishing who’s boss – don’t let him push you around! Start by teaching basic commands like “sit” and “stay.”

What age should a puppy be house trained by?

Puppies are often house-trained by the age of 3 to 4 months. This means that they should be potty-trained before their first birthday, and most puppies have mastered this skill before 6 months old. Puppies who haven’t been potty-trained by this time will need more supervision from their owners.