Dog Training 101

Training a dog is a fun and rewarding hobby, but it can also be an incredibly frustrating one. It takes time and patience to help your new furry family member learn the rules of the house. But don’t worry—you’re not alone in this endeavor! Once you know the basics of how to train your dog, you’ll be ready to take on any challenge that comes your way.

Teach your dog to sit, lay down, and stand.

Teach your dog to sit, lay down, and stand.

  • Sit: With a treat in one hand and your dog on leash, bring the treat up to his nose. When he sniffs it out of curiosity, gently pull it back towards yourself (the “pull” will encourage him to follow) and let go of the treat when he sits down. Reward with praise and another treat when he’s done sitting.
  • Lay Down: Repeat the previous steps but instead of pulling back on the leash for a sit, gently pull downward for a down position which will encourage him to lie down flat on his belly (this may take some practice). Once again reward with praise and another treat once he’s finished being lazy!
  • Stand Up: This command can be tricky because sometimes dogs don’t understand what they are supposed to do if they don’t know what standing up looks like! To teach this command try moving away from your dog while holding out an open palm facing them with their favorite food between your thumb and forefinger – if they follow then reward generously!

Teach your dog to come when called.

Teach your dog to come when called. This is an important command, because it lets you keep your dog on a leash when necessary and prevents him from going after small animals or other items that may be dangerous. If you have an older dog who doesn’t always listen well to commands, train him first with a treat lure. Don’t try this with young puppies unless they are completely responsive to the command “come.” The same goes for any other training session: make sure that your dog is responding well before starting new training exercises!

Now stand in front of your puppy or lightly tug on their leash so they turn towards you. When they look at you (they will probably stare), say “come” and wave a treat back and forth between yourself and their nose (this is similar to how we taught them not to jump up on us). As soon as they take a step forward toward the treat, praise them by saying something like “good boy!” and give them their reward when they reach you—but don’t let them gobble it up yet! Instead hold onto it for about five seconds while praising him again (“good boy!”), then let go so he’ll eat it quickly without any fussing or complaining.

Establish the four rules of the house.

Teaching your dog the rules of the house is a key component of training. The four most important rules to establish are:

  • No biting
  • No chewing on furniture
  • No jumping up on people
  • No going outside without a leash

Teach your dog the four basic commands.

The first step to any training program is to teach your dog the four basic commands: sit, down, stay and come. There are many variations of these commands and you can add them as you continue with your training program. For example, “sit” can be modified to include “sit pretty” or “down” can be modified to include “down stay.” Once he has mastered these four commands, it’s time to move on to more advanced skills like leave it/drop it/get it/off (to get out of the way), no (as in stop doing something), heel (when walking), etc.

Give your dog exercise.

Exercise is important for your dog’s mental and physical health, so you should make sure that they have at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Physical exercise can be anything from playing fetch in the backyard to taking your dog for a walk around the neighborhood. Mental exercise can be things like teaching them new tricks or games that encourage them to think. The most important thing is to make sure you’re keeping your dog busy with fun activities!

Once you know how to train a dog, it’s much easier to get through obedience school and keep your pet happy at home.

Dogs are not born knowing how to obey. You need to teach them, and the process of training a dog is a long one. If you’re serious about teaching your pet some basic obedience commands, you’ll need to be consistent, patient, firm and fair.

It’s important that you don’t expect too much from your dog at first; start with small goals that will be easy for him or her to accomplish. For example: if your goal is for the dog not to bark when guests come over, then start by having an open door between the guest room and where he sleeps (cookie jar room). Close it when visitors first arrive so that he can get used to seeing new people without barking his head off.”


Dogs are a great addition to any family, and knowing how to train them is an important part of being a dog owner. There’s no need to be nervous, though—you can teach an old dog new tricks with the right kind of training! Use these tips as your starting point and you’ll find yourself well on your way toward being able to say “good boy!” whenever necessary. Just remember that patience is key—not every animal responds immediately when learning something new. Also, don’t forget about rewards for good behavior. Your pup will love any kind of treat, but if you want something more tangible than food, we recommend getting a Dog Toy.