Top 10 Basic Dog Training Commands 

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Sit

Teach your dog to sit on command, a foundational cue that promotes obedience and manners. Start by luring your dog into a sitting position with a treat held above their nose, then reward them once they are seated.

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Stay

Train your dog to stay in place until released, promoting impulse control and safety. Begin by asking your dog to sit or lie down, then use a hand signal or verbal cue such as "stay" while holding your palm out in front of them.

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Come

Ensure your dog comes when called, vital for recall and off-leash reliability. Teach your dog to respond eagerly to their name or a recall cue such as "come" by rewarding them generously with treats, praise, or toys when they respond promptly.

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Down

Teach your dog to lie down on command, promoting relaxation and submission. Start by luring your dog into a down position with a treat held close to the ground, then reward them once they are lying down.

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Heel

Train your dog to walk calmly beside you, fostering leash manners and control. Begin by teaching your dog to focus on you while walking by your side, rewarding them for maintaining the desired position.

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Leave It

Teach your dog to ignore distractions or potential dangers, ensuring their safety. Start by presenting your dog with a low-value item and using a verbal cue like "leave it" to encourage them to ignore it.

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Drop It

Train your dog to release objects from their mouth, preventing resource guarding and promoting cooperation. Start by offering your dog a toy or object to hold, then use a verbal cue like "drop it" while offering a treat in exchange for the item.

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Off

Teach your dog to get off furniture or people, promoting respect for boundaries and preventing unwanted behaviors. Use a verbal cue like "off" while gently guiding your dog off the furniture or away from the person.

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Wait

Train your dog to pause momentarily, promoting patience and impulse control. Use a verbal cue like "wait" while briefly holding your hand out in front of your dog to signal them to stop. Reward them for waiting patiently.

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Watch Me

Capture your dog's attention on command, fostering focus and connection. Use a verbal cue like "watch me" while holding a treat between your eyes to draw your dog's gaze toward you. Reward them generously when they make eye contact.

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Place

Teach your dog to go to a designated spot, promoting relaxation and boundaries. Choose a specific location, such as a mat or bed, and use a verbal cue like "place" to signal your dog to go there.

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Speak/Quiet

Train your dog to bark or be quiet on command, promoting communication and peace. Use a verbal cue like "speak" to encourage your dog to bark, then reward them for doing so. Once your dog understands the speak command.

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