There are a handful of dog training commands that all dogs need to learn. This page has the advice you need, and helpful videos to help you teach your pet these important lessons.
The most basic dog training commands include "Sit" and "Stay". Teaching the recall (aka "come") is important, but can be the most difficult.... they all take time, patience and practice!
Other obedience commands such as "Down" and "Leave It" are vital for everyday life, and "Fetch" is helpful :)
You can find step-by-step guidelines for puppy training, and get a good view of the 'big picture' on my How To Train A Puppy page.
Although dog training books are very useful and I absolutely recommend having at least one at home, when it comes to teaching dog obedience commands, it often helps to actually see how to do it as well as read the instructions.
If this is your first puppy, or it's been a while since you were a puppy parent, and you need a 'refresher course', I've found a few puppy obedience videos that will get you started.
And remember, when you're teaching your pup, always use a happy, upbeat voice, and exercise lots of patience!
When he gets it right, make sure that you immediately praise him, and give him a tiny, tasty treat too. This makes the lessons fun for your puppy, which sets the stage for a long, happy education.
This first video shows a young German Shepherd puppy learning a few of the 'basics'.....
This second video shows the same puppy, learning some basic dog training commands using the clicker training method.
Clicker training is a straightforward and fun way to teach dog obedience commands to a puppy, or a dog of any age. It can be used to train horses, birds and other pets/animals too.
You can find out everything you need to know about using a 'clicker' to train your pup or dog by visiting my Puppy Clicker Training page... but do take a look at this video as well because it helps you to SEE how it works!
If you'd like to teach your pup or dog the 'Fetch' command, take a look at this video..... it shows you how to do just that, and have fun at the same time!
This next video shows some basic puppy obedience training, with a few puppy tricks thrown in for good measure.
This Labrador Retriever puppy has learned some basic dog training commands very quickly, and you can see how eager she is to please her owner!
The demonstrations I've featured above are just a quick look at how to train your pup. They're useful and fun, but if you want a more in-depth look at training techniques and to get some 'trouble-shooting' help or some extra tips and advice then I'd recommend buying one of these dog training dvd's:
With this book/dvd combination you'll find that 'Fun, effective and easy puppy training' is easier to manage than you might have thought.
Well written, with a breezy, friendly down-to-earth approach, the book tells you exactly how to
raise and train a happy, well adjusted dog... and the dvd SHOWS you how to do it.
Get the whole family involved (including the kids) by encouraging them to watch the DVD and then practice the training techniques they've learned.
This great dog training book will help you to get you started on the road to having a well-behaved, obedient puppy who's a joy to have around.
And here are three other excellent choices. They each have a slightly different style, but all of them support positive training methods that rely on communication, praise and rewards.
There's bound to be one that fits you and your dog....