Placeholder Unleashing Your Puppy's Potential: The Essential Commands — Puppy Fever Pro
Skip to content
Unleashing Your Puppy's Potential: The Essential Commands

Unleashing Your Puppy's Potential: The Essential Commands

The Joy of Puppy Parenting

Oh, the excitement of bringing a new puppy into your home! The adorable little barks, the wet nose nudges, and the joy that fills the air as they wag their tail. Who can resist those puppy eyes? But wait, have you thought about training?

training puppy

The Importance of Training

Training your pup is like giving them the ultimate gift - the ability to communicate with you. Imagine having a foreign roommate who doesn’t understand a word you say. Frustrating, right? Training eases this communication barrier and helps in forging a bond that’s stronger than a knight's armor!

Basic Commands to Start With


You’ve gotta crawl before you walk, and for puppies, “Sit” is crawling. This command is essential for their safety and your sanity. A sitting dog is not jumping, running, or bulldozing through your living room. So how do you teach this? Hold a treat close to their nose, and move it back over their head. As their head goes up, their bottom goes down. Once sitting, say “Sit,” give the treat and lots of affection.


Like the pause button on your remote, “Stay” puts your puppy on hold. Start with your pup in the “Sit” position. Open your palm in front of you and say, “Stay.” Take a few steps back. If your pup stays, give ‘em a treat and tons of praise. Remember, baby steps!


The “Come” command is like having a boomerang pup. It’s great for situations where you need your puppy close. Put a leash on your puppy, get down to their level, and say “Come” while gently pulling the leash. When they get to you, reward them with a treat and an ear scratch.


“Heel” is like turning your puppy into a polite walking partner. It keeps them close to your side, not pulling or leading the way. To teach this, change direction whenever your puppy pulls on the leash. It’ll take time, but they’ll eventually catch on that staying by your side is the golden ticket!

training puppy commands

Behavioral Commands

“Leave it”

“Leave it” is the magic spell that keeps your puppy from eating everything on the ground. Hold a treat in both hands. Show them one enclosed fist with the treat inside, and say, “Leave it.” Once they stop trying to get it and move away, reward them with the treat from the other hand.

“Drop it”

Picture this: your pup has your favorite sock. Instead of chasing them like you're in a cartoon, say “Drop it.” To teach this, play with a toy and trade it for a treat while saying “Drop it.”

“No” or “Stop”

“No” or “Stop” is the universal red light for puppies. Use it to stop unwanted behavior. Be firm and use a stern voice, but don't yell. Like a wise teacher, guide them to understand what is acceptable.

Crate Training

Crate training is like giving your puppy a cozy bedroom. It helps with house training and provides a safe haven. Make the crate comfy, and always associate it with positive things like treats and praises.

New Age End Table Dog Crate

Advanced Commands

“Roll Over”

“Roll Over” is not just adorable, but a brain teaser for your pup! Start with them in a 'Sit' position. Hold a treat close to their nose, move it around their head, and as they follow it, they'll naturally roll over.

“Shake” or “Paw”

Shaking hands or giving a paw is your dog’s way of saying hello. To teach this, ask your pup to "Sit" then tap their paw while saying “Shake” or “Paw,” and give them a treat.


Playing fetch is like having your very own automatic ball launcher. Throw a toy, and when your pup grabs it, excitedly call them back. When they return, trade the toy for a treat while saying “Fetch.”

Training Tips and Techniques

Positive Reinforcement

Cheer for your puppy like you would your favorite sports team! Treats, praise, and love are your tools for success.

Consistency is Key

Stick to your commands like glue to paper. Consistency helps your puppy understand and respond appropriately.

Make Training Fun

Training should be as fun as a day at Disneyland! Keep sessions short, and always end with playtime.

Congratulations, dear reader! You’re on your way to being the ultimate puppy trainer. These essential commands are the foundation for a well-behaved pup. Remember, patience, consistency, and love are your best friends in this journey. So, put on your training hat and unleash your puppy’s potential!


  1. How early can I start training my puppy?

    • You can begin as early as 7-8 weeks old. Early training helps in better development.

  2. How long should training sessions be?

    • Keep them short and sweet. About 5-10 minutes is ideal.
  3. What if my puppy doesn’t respond to commands?

    • Be patient and consistent. Sometimes it takes a little extra time and effort.
  4. Can I train an older dog with these commands?

    • Absolutely! Though it might take a bit longer, older dogs can still learn new tricks.
  5. What should I do if my puppy is scared during training?

    • Keep the environment calm, use positive reinforcement, and never force your pup into a situation they are uncomfortable with.
Previous article Herding Dog Breeds: The Ultimate Guide to the Fur-tastic Shepherds of the Canine World

Leave a comment

Comments must be approved before appearing

* Required fields