Puppy Training Commands List

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Basic Puppy Training Commands List

When using puppy training commands, the important thing is not the exact word you use, but the consistency with which you use your chosen words. I have compiled a list shown below, of the basic commands used in dog training, some of which are accepted as standard, while the others are commonly used commands.

Puppy Training Commands List

The Basic Puppy Training Commands

Sit: A mono-syllabic word that uses an authoritative tone of voice and tells your puppy you want him to be in a dog sitting position.

Down: The same as “sit”, the command “down” also requires an authoritative tone to command the puppy to lay down. This position required the puppy to have his elbows and hocks touching the ground.

Heel: The puppy’s head or shoulder should be parallel to your left leg when at heel.

Come or Here: This is what is usually referred to as a recall, and means you comedog sitting to you at once.

Stay: This is another of your basic puppy training commands that uses the authoritative tone of voice. “Stay” means to remain where he is and in the same position as when the command is made, until you release him with another command.

Above are the stock standard basic commands that are used for dog training. Below are commands that are just a little more advanced and will require a small amount of dedication and patience in training your puppy.

Advanced Puppy Training Commands

  • Stop: Your puppy stops wherever he is and whatever he is doing, and lays down upon command. This is a very good command for you to teach your puppy, as it gives you safety so you will be able to take him anywhere with you.
  • Stand: Simply means you want your puppy to stand still. This is a valuable command when your puppy is being groomed, or for when you need him to wait for anything.
  • Drop or Drop it: Means your puppy must immediately release what ever he is holding in his mouth. A very handy command to have when you find your puppy has gotten hold of your best shoes or is gobbling up something foul on the beach!
  • Leave it: Similar to the Drop command, leave it directs your puppy NOT to touch an item.
  • Take it: Means for your puppy to take an object on this command. He can be trained to ONLY take it on request – meaning he will not take it until told to.
  • Give: Means your puppy must let go of whatever he has in his mouth – and drop it into your hand.
  • Speak: Means you want your puppy to bark. This is a really good command to learn as it involves teaching your puppy to only bark when you say so. Teaching a puppy to speak on command can be a great help in eliminating or totally avoiding problem barking.
  • Back up: Your puppy should move backwards on this command. it is especially valuable to owners of large breeds to teach their dog this command, as it helps if people are intimidated by the size of the dog.
  • Fetch: I think we all know what this command means. Your puppy should retrieve a thrown object and bring it back the person who threw it.
  • Growl: Teaching your puppy to growl on command can be a handy trick in case you are ever being intimidated or harassed. Even non-aggressive dogs can be taught to growl on a subtle command. You do not need to use a word here, if you choose a small hand gesture can be used instead.
  • Steady: Means to stay close by – your puppy is allowed to walk freely but is not allowed to run off.
  • Go To Bed, Go To Kennel, Get In: These are commands used to direct your puppy to go to his bed and remain there until they are release. Very helpful for when you need you puppy to be away from foot traffic and safe when you house is busy. It is also for commanding your puppy into a crate or car.
  • Roll over: This is puppy training command means lay down, roll over then stand back up.
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Use my puppy training commands list to teach your little dog how to behave well, and you will enjoy a happy partnership for many years to come.