6 Basic Dog Command That You Can Teach Your Dog At Home

6 Basic Dog Commands [That You Can Teach Your Dog At Home]

6 Basic Dog Commands [That You Can Teach Your Dog At Home]

We are all amazed with well-behaved and well-trained dogs. As a dog parent it is our responsibility to teach our pups to behave properly as we do to our kids. So, in this post, I listed the 6 Basic and Essential Dog Commands That You Can Teach At Home even without a trainer.

Hi guys, It’s M again, D’s mom. In this post I will be talking about the basic commands that not only your dogs should know, but owners like me as well. When D, my dog, came to our lives, I tried to teach him the most basic commands, like sit, come, and wait. And to be honest I’m still on the process of training him.

So, this post may contain some personal experiences. Proof that you can teach these basic and essential dog commands even at home.

Because I believe that in order for me/us to communicate and form a bond, I have to teach him basic dog commands such as, Sit, Heel, Down, Stay, Come, and Drop it / Leave it.

But before I jump right at to the topic, let me just quickly tell you why do need to teach your doggos these basic commands.

Well to start off, as my personal point of view, teaching your dogs these basic commands is like teaching your toddlers what they should do and not to do’s and don’ts. Giving them guidance on how to behave will help them to become more sociable as they grow.

Same thing goes to your doggos. If your dog knows the rules that they should follow it will be easy for you, the dog owners to control them and bond with them. Therefore, molding your floof on becoming a better dog.

The day when I had D (oops! sounds like I gave birth to him! LOL) I started googling about dog stuff. And one of the first thing I researched is the importance of teaching your dog basic commands.

Importance of Teaching Your Pup The Basic Dog Commands

Establishes a Strong Bond – During your training or while teaching your dog, it automatically builds trust and respect on both sides. And as you train your dog, it is a great opportunity know more about your dog. Like his behavior and his way of thinking.

Understand Your Dog Better – Training or teaching your dog means that you are spending quality time with your floof. Therefore, you will be familiar to his body language and understand his signals more. Remember that doggos can’t talk (I wish they can, though) so the only way they can communicate with you is through their movement.

Gives Stimulation – As you train your pup, it also provides mental stimulation on your dog. It happens when he tries to solve the puzzle, figuring out what you are asking him to do. Aside from mental stimulation, teaching your dogs these basic commands can also give them exercise they need, and also, completing a task will let your doggies know that they have a “job” to do. Last but not the least, which I think most doggos would want is having a quality time with their owners.

Superior Control – With the basic commands such as sit, stay, leave it, come, heel, down, and come, it will be easier for your to handle your dog in various situations that he may encounter. Having utmost control of your floofs means that you can bring him anywhere.

Can Save Your Dogs Life – If your doggo is properly trained on being called. Then, you, the pet owner can save his life in dangerous situation like, being outside with approaching cars.

Alright, now that we are all set. We can proceed on the main subject of this post.

6 Basic Dog Commands [That You Can Teach Your Dog At Home]

These Basic Dog Commands are essential for the foundation of your puppy. So can grow properly, and sociable to other people aside from you.

Although it will be easy to start teaching these dog commands at their early age, it can also work with adult dogs too. Only that, depending on breed, might take a while. So a huge amount of patience on your side is required.

Apart from your (dog owner’s) patience, teaching or training your dogs will need yummy schmackos or treats to reward your tail-wagger frenz when they accomplished a certain command!

I mentioned Sit, Heel, Down, Stay, Come, and Leave It / Drop It as the main basic dog commands. But I would like to include teaching your pup’s name as the very first command (calling your pup’s name is not command though), so your dog knows if you’re calling his attention.

And followed by :

6 Basic Dog Commands

#1. LOOK

– I would like to include this too. There’s a video I watched training a dog asking to look at his owner. Which make sense and needed when putting your floofs in training.

You’ll need your doggo’s undivided attention before proceeding to any training. Teaching your dog or be able to get their attention is really helpful not only during the training, but also in everyday life.

#2. SIT

– This is the easiest and probably the most basic one. The word “sit” is important in your dog’s vocabulary and it is the first thing that your dog should know how to do.

6 Basic Dog Commands [That You Can Teach Your Dog At Home]
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Here’s how :

  1. You need to have a treat.
  2. While your dog in standing position, hold the treat close to your dogs nose.
  3. Move your up making sure that his head follows your hand (treat) as your pup do that, it automatically lowers his bottom.
  4. Once he is in “sitting” position, say “sit” and give him the treat.
  5. Repeat the process.

Personal Experience :

With this part, I didn’t actually teach D to sit. He was the one who taught us that he should be sitting first before we give him anything. But, the not so good side of it, is, he only sits if there’s something to eat.

That’s how I got the idea. So, I said, “Umm… okay this is how we gonna do it.” The “SIT” part was easy for us.

#3. DOWN

This command can be tricky and can be difficult to teach to some dogs because, is a submissive position. However, if done right, it can help anxious or scared dogs to relax.

6 Basic Dog Commands [that You can Teach Your Dog At Home]
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Here’s how :

  1. Again you need a treat. But, this time make sure it smells yummier than usual.
  2. With the treat inside your closed hands, place your it up to your dog’s nose and let him sniff the treat.
  3. As your pup sniffs it, move your hand to the floor allowing him to follow it with his head.
  4. Then, slide your hand along the ground in front of him making his body to follow his head.
  5. When he reaches the “Down” position (or even half), say “Down”, give him treat and praise him.
  6. Repeat the process.

Personal Experience :

These are the steps that I followed when I taught D the “Down” command. I’ve been trying to teach this command for quite sometime now using other method that I saw on TV, using the Korean language. But it wasn’t 100% successful coz he’s just doing the position in half.

But then, when I tried this steps, (in English this time) it took 3 to 4 repetitions until D figured out the task! So, right now, my doggo and I are practicing the “DOWN Command” every single day. Until he perfects it, without the treat only the hand gesture.

But, no worries… we’ll get there.

#4. HEEL

– Heel is where your dog walks beside you and not in front of you. It is the one that you mostly see on every dog competition training which I believe is amazing.

Like many other basic dog commands and obedience training, to teach you floofs to “heel” is essential because, will teach your on how to walk properly on a leash. Since your pup will be walking right next to you with his head aligned in your knee, then, there won’t be pulling leash on your part even you’re walking your doggo on a loose leash.

Here’s how :

  1. You can have a yummy treat or your pup’s favorite toy.
  2. Collar and put the leash on your dog.
  3. Hold the leash in a loose loop in either left hand or your right hand. Where you want your dog to be. But, you have to consistent on this.
  4. Stand next to your floof, encourage him to stand or sit next to you. Reward your pup if he accomplishes his task.
  5. With the leash on your hand, let’s say in your left. Hold the treat / toy to your right hand putting it above his head. Making sure that you dog’s focus is on the treat / toy.
  6. Next you try to step forward, encouraging him to do same. Give him treat / toy once he followed you.
  7. Repeat the steps, with gradually increasing the number of walks you do.
  8. If he got distracted or walks in front of you, stop walking and bring him again to the same spot where you started and do it again.
  9. Just don’t forget to reward him every time he accomplished a task. Giving your dog the treat or his toy is one way of letting him that he did the job, therefore, he’ll get the idea, that “Okay if I walk beside my mom, I get to eat the treat.” And praising him is also way of encouragement.

Personal experience :

I haven’t started with this training yet. And, I know that I need to start sooner, the older D gets, the stronger he becomes. We walk peacefully though, but the moment that he sees a bird…. the struggle, the pulling begins! lol

I’ll update you as soon as we do the “Heel’ training.

#5. STAY

– This command or this exercise is a test of your dogs self-control. Which is can be difficult for those high energetic pups. So it is important not to be discouraged even if your dog didn’t perform the task right away. It takes requires patience from both of you.

Before you start the training, make sure that your dog is a master “sitter” lol. What I mean is your floofs already know the word “sit”. Because, will the initial position.

Here’s how :

  1. Well, like the other commands, you have to have treats.
  2. Give your dog the command “Sit”.
  3. While your doggo is in sitting position, make sure that ll his attention is on you.
  4. Then open your hand in front of you, your palm facing your dog.
  5. And say, “Stay”. Then you take one step back, be sure your hand is still in front, while you step back.
  6. If your dog, didn’t move for a few seconds after you step back, give him treat and love. Let him know that he did a good job.
  7. Do the exercise again, with gradually increasing the number of steps for each practice.

Personal experience :

Like what I have mentioned above, when I talked about the “Sit” command, D, my dog, already knows how to sit, even before I taught him. He’s the one who actually showed me how to do it.

So, the “Stay” or I called it “Wait” is somehow easy for us to do. D is a Jindo dog which is known for being intelligent, so, he accomplished the task without a sweat.


– It will be good if all dogs out there will be familiar with “Leave it” command. Why? because, may help your doggo’s life in the event when your dog got curious on something dangerous. Which I think can not be overlook at specially if you bring your floofs outside.

Here’s how :

  1. You must have treats and place them in your both closed hands.
  2. With your other hand closed, show it to your pup.
  3. Say “Leave it”. Your dog won’t understand it at first. And as he try to get the treat from you, he will paw it, mouth it, sniff it, and even bark. Just let him do it but do not let him to get the treat.
  4. Soon as your pup lost interest and stop trying, that’s the time you give the treat on your other hand.
  5. Praise him. Show and tell him that he did a good job.
  6. Repeat the process only if he moves away from the first fist when you say “Leave it”.

Personal Experience :

D and I haven’t done this training yet. I’ll let you guys know if I do.

Quick Reminder โ˜ …

  • Make sure the training is short and fun.
  • Be patient. Some basic commands can be challenging for your dog to understand.
  • Be a good observer.
  • Do not speed up the process. If you see that your floof is struggling, do it again, slower this time or BIGGER treat this time.
  • Do not yell at your dog. Your dog will not get it why you’re yelling. You’ll scare him instead and might result to some issues.
  • Do not compare your dogs to others. Dogs like human being, there’s fast and slow learner.

Final Thoughts

Well, there you go. These 6 Basic Dog Commands That You Can Teach At Home will help to keep your doggos safe and it will serve as your pup’s preparation for his/her dog training in the future. And while in training or teaching your floofs, it is also a great opportunity for both of you to communicate.

Therefore resulting into deeper relationship between you, the dog mom and your dog.

One last reminder that I could give is doing these basic dog commands training really takes time, so it is crucial as dog moms or dog dads to have the right mindset before doing any obedience training.

Your Thoughts

How about you? Did your pup undergo these basic dog commands too? How was it? Did you do it at home? Or did you have a dog trainer? What was the first dog command that you thought your pup?

Please share your answers in the comment below. I would like to hear your experience, if it was easy for you, what was the struggle you faced on teaching your dog.

And if you have something to add feel free to put in the comment as well.

Lastly, if you find this post helpful, please do share it. Thanks and I’ll see you on my next post.

Since I’m just a dog mom and not a dog expert, these are the sources where I chose follow when I train my dog. I’d feel better if I share it to you all as well. Sources : cesarsway.com akc.org insidedogworld.com

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24 thoughts on “6 Basic Dog Commands [That You Can Teach Your Dog At Home]”

  1. I do  not have a dog now. I used to have many years ago. I have been thinking of getting a new one so your blog is one I will follow to get some useful tips. The basic training is important. I think you explain it very well in your article about the basic commands. I am looking forward to applying these techniques on my new dog. Deciding about what dog to have is my main focus now. Loved your article.

    • Hi Hilde,
      Thanks for dropping by. And I’m glad that you find my post helpful. I’m trying to compile all the
      information I get everytime I do my research about dogs.
      Dog Training is an absolute necessity if you’d like to have an harmonious relationship.

      Well, if you are going to look for a dog to have, then you might want to consider your time availability
      and financial status too.
      There are reeds that are high maintenance and demands a lot of time from its owner.
      I hope you get one that will suit you and your family.

      Are you planning to adopt?


  2. I really enjoyed reading your post about the 6 basic dog commands. I currently have a 6 mos old puppy Fergus, so I found it very helpful.  I have tackled most of them, but some are just so much harder then others.  Sitting with distraction around is still the one we are most working on.   It’s easy when there is nothing going on, but so much harder when there is.  Fergus is pretty smart, so I am lucky that way. 

    Teaching our dogs basic commands is so important for every dog to learn.  Without proper training, dogs certainly are not well behaved.  Training, exercise and affection are the way to a great well behaved dog. Thanks for a great post.

  3. I adopted a puppy two months ago (she’s 5 months now) and it’s been a wild ride trying to train her because she has way too much energy, it’s insane! Right now, she knows her name, sit, and lay down. Though, sometimes she confuses sit with lay down and she becomes so focused on the treat that she completely loses focus on everything else. I have been trying to teach her to stay but she’s still a long way from learning it. It takes time and patience to train a puppy and I think it’s a good time to do so during this whole crisis that we’re currently living in. Potty training has also been a long journey but she’s finally on it – which I’m extremely proud -.

  4. A wonderful website for a new pet owner. It encapsulates pretty much what I would do … I have 5 dogs at my place ๐Ÿ™‚

    So, this blog website made a fascinating read. As with most dog commands, the carrot, love and admonishing approach works best. There are times when you puppy just does not listen to you;  In this case you must admonish your fluffy companion – but remember admonishing is not hitting!

    Admonishing or reprimanding is just a process of letting your dog know your displeasure! Dogs, as they become attached to their owner, become extremely sensitive to your moods and mental/ emotional frame. So, in most cases when u utter a stern ‘No!!’, along with a negating gesture, your cuddles will learn that this action must not be indulged in. 

    Above all, as you spend time with your pet, a connection will be established – a connection that will help you train your dog well. A starting framework for your pets training is beautifully elucidated on dthedoggo ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here is wishing lots of love to your paws & you.



    • Thanks Himani for the compliment. And oh my gosh! You have 5 dogs???๐Ÿ˜ฒ
      I only have one, and it drives me crazy already! I salute you!

      You have given me a very important note here, that I might add on my post lol.
      That your dog get used to you and they become sensitive to its owner’s mood, because that’s
      what happening to me and D right now.
      He has a habit of jumping at me right after he finished doing his “business”. Before even if I said “no”, he
      won’t listen. But now, I think he’s getting it.

      Thanks again for dropping by, and it’s nice to share experience with a dog parent like myself.


  5. Hi,
    Wow!!! this is amazing and so cool. Although I don’t have a dog yet, but planning to get one for our kids (fan of dog)in the nearest future.
    Where I work, the people do have two dogs which one of them is very cute, listen to command, and I tell you I love it when the owner makes those command like you mentioned, and the dog listen. Interestingly, the other dog doesn’t listen 90% of the time except when the owner and I increase our voice.
    I’m very excited to put it to the test with this dog when I’m at work and also will be visiting your site for more tips when my kids have theirs.
    Thanks for the post.


  6. Wow, your tips seem so easy. I didnโ€™t know that training my little fuzzy could be so easy. Truthfully, I have never thought as using the treat as a tool for training, I thought it was just a reward.
    Thanks for these easy to do tips. I can see them working quite well.

  7. Hi Mina,
    What a beautiful relationship between a human and a dog, isn’t it? I have a rescued dog, i.e. one that decided to park at our gate one evening on our return home. It was my birthday, as well, three years ago. We lost our previous dog nearly a year before that. So, as Bonnie (that’s how we named her), a 5-6 months old female Pit Bull-Stafford mix obviously decided to stay that evening with us, we did all we could to find the owner, next morning, but there was none. Two days later, we officially adopted her. We were lucky enough to find a most wonderful young woman, a dog trainer. She taught me, us, step by step, how to teach Bonnie, saying the bond has to be built primarily with us, not her. It was absolutely fantastic time. Each little success I could feel the connection becoming stronger. I suppose all dog owners are proud of their four-legged companions, but, boy, am I proud of Bonnie. Today, she is a loving, smart, obedient, very active dog. We are still regular in the dog school, now just for the sake of activity.
    By this article you gave a very good chance to new dog owners to do the same for their dogs and I salute to that.

  8. Hi
    This is exactly what we need right now. We are on a list for receive a puppy due in about 10 days. I have never owned a dog before and my only experience was when my mother got a puppy after I had left the home. She was not very disciplined with the training and as a result even though the dog was a lovely friendly and good natured creature she would always jump up and be a little unruly. The training instructions you give above look very useful. I have a question. How many times should you do each training session at the same time? Like for example the sit instruction – should you try that 3 times, 6 times and then if he doesn’t get it come back to it at another time. Isn’t there also an issue if you are giving tasty treats that the dog could become addicted to them or just too used to them and won’t do anything without a treat?

    • Hi Andy,
      Getting a new is pretty esciting, huh? I hope you and the rest of your fam is well prepared.
      For how many time you should the training session — you have to do it frequently but, make it short.
      Depending on breed, some dogs are fast learner while some will make you sweat, lol!
      So, you have to know your dog’s capability so you can adjust yourself and the training.

      Yes, I heard about giving tasty treat can make your dog addicted to it. So what I do is, I reserve those kind of treat
      for special training session. And here’s the thing, do not reward your pup, if he hasn’t done the task you ask for him.

      Hope I was able to answer your question.


  9. Hi Mina,

    I had a dog many years ago and I did train him. His name was Bo and he was half Doberman and half German Shepard. He was my kid in jr. high school. He was easy to train and even picked up some things on his own. The one thing he picked up by himself was that he learned how to walk himself. We lived next to an open field where we used to go for walks. One day I let him out by himself, I sat on our stairs and watched him. He walked to the field explored for a few minutes, did his business and came back home. When he saw me waiting for him he broke onto a sprint and came to me like showing me how proud he was that he walked himself. I gave him extra love. Then I went away to college and he always sensed when I was coming home. He would sit by the back window and patiently wait for me until I drove up. He had a good long life and lived for 15 years.
    He died in my arms as the vet put him to sleep on the place where he slept at the foot of my bed. I miss that big lug…and don’t worry, this was almost 40 years ago before the laws existed to pick up your pets waste. The open field is now a gated community with ultra luxury homes.


    • Hi Courtney,

      Thanks for dropping and sharing your wonderful moments with you lug. Such a beautiful story.
      Whether a dog trained or not– I think, they are just intelligent to pick things up on their own. My dog used to be leash free,
      he gets out to do his “business” and gets home after. Not, until he was about 4 months old, when his curiosity increased. He escaped!
      And that was New Year’s Eve, mid day of December 31st 2019 and we found him in the evening of January 1st 2020. So, it seemed like–
      we got him back after a year! lol

      You must be pretty sad when your doggo died. And it so amazing to hear that you still carry his memories after for 40 years!! It must
      have been a true special bond between you and your dog.

      Thanks again,

  10. These are awesome tips! The way how you teach the “down” command is fascinating and I would like to try it on my dogs. One of them, a Pit Bull (who is like an eternal puppy), has recently learned to drop his ball or stick so that I can throw it. I don’t say “drop”, I say “give it to mommy”, and when I say that now he understands and he drops it so that I can throw it.
    It will be nice to work on those other commands, besides “sit” (they already know that one), especially now that we have so much free time.
    Great article!

    • Thanks Christine for such a lovely comment.
      Dogs are just smarter than we think. And it doesn’t matter what words do we use,
      I think there’s no “standard” term for any command. If your dogs understan it– then go for it.
      Anyway the communication is between you and your dog.

      Teaching them these commands are chalellenging and fulfilling at the same time.


  11. I can only make my dog sit and heel, which is already a lot.
    Thankfully she is very polite, the only thing she does that she cannot control is when we are in the car, she thinks she owns the whole city and barks at anything that moves or breathes, haha. Great post.

    • Naughty dog!
      But at least you’re able to get your pup in the car with you.
      Mine is a struggle. He drools everytime.
      Maybe he needs practice, though my vet says that it might be a car sickness as well.

  12. Hi Mia
    nice post
    i think that being patient is one of the most important things. your “quick reminder” is very conclusive and informative.
    my brother have an Akitta dog with a lot of problems following orders, that’s due to the lack of patience .
    thank you

  13. This is great. It’s true that it could save your dogs life if he is well trained. If you love your dog you will train him well. Some people think it’s cute when dogs disobey, it’s not, its neglectful on the owner’s part. It’s a lot of hard work at first but so worth it! Just like children.

    • Definitely. If a dog started to disobey and the owner seemed to enjoyed it instead of fixing it,
      the real problem will occur as the dog gets older. That’s the common of mistakes of most dog owners make.


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