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Dog Training Commands

11 commonly used dog obedience training commands

Most professional dog trainers use the same command words when they obedience train dogs and also tell their clients to use them when they teach people how to train their dogs.


Here is a list of 11 of the most commonly used dog obedience training commands used by professional dog trainers. The first seven are commands that are used in basic obedience.  Once your dog learns to obey these commands, you have the beginning of a well behaved dog. The "owner" is the person handling the dog.

1. "Come": This command is used to have the dog come to the owner from where ever the dog is.

2. "Down": This command is used to make the dog lie down.

3. "Heel": This command is used to make the dog walk at the owner's
left side with his head even with the owner's left leg.

4. "No": This is used to let the dog know that he has done something
wrong. Some trainers use a low pitched growling noise instead of “No”.

5. "Sit": This command is used to make the dog sit down.

6. "Stand": This is used to bring the dog up on all four feet from either the sitting position or the lying down position.

7. "Stay": This command is used (by some trainers) to keep the dog
to remain in the position it was in just prior to the "stay" command. There are two schools of thought on this command. Some trainers train their dogs, or teach their clients to train their dogs to stay in the last commanded position until the dog is given another command and feel that there is no need for the “stay” command.

8. "Fetch" or "Take it": This command is used to make the dog take
an object in his mouth from either off the ground or from the hand of the owner.

9. "Find it" or "Get it": This is used to make the dog seek for
an object that he recognizes only by smell such as tracking or
seeking a lost article.

10. "Hup": This command is used to make the dog jump. "Over" is sometimes used to make the dog jump over a high jump or a long (broad) jump.

11. "Free" (Alternate: "Take A Break"): Used by some professionals to communicate to your dog that the exercise is finished. This frees the dog from the last command he was given.


These, obviously, are the words used by English speaking people. You can use any words you want in any language that you speak, but you must be consistent. That means that whatever word you use to tell your dog to sit, you always use the same word every time you tell your dog to sit. The command words should be no longer than two syllables and preferably one syllable. 


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