14 Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics

This post is part of the series Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics

Other posts in this series:

  1. Dog Training: Greet Visitors Calmly
  2. 14 Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics (Current)
  3. Beyond the Basics: Quiet Dog Training Command
  4. Beyond the Basics: Loose Leash Walking

We’ve covered the 10 Basic Dog Training Commands that every well-mannered pup should know.  The ones that let you keep your dog under control, and well-behaved. Recall, Emergency Recall, Heel, Leave it, Drop it, Sit, Lie down, Stay, Wait, and Go (release command).

Now it’s time to move past the basics and work on commands that can really help you have a wonderful dog.  That’s a lot easier to handle than most dogs.

Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics but still core commands

1. Quiet – A quiet command is a must to save your sanity with overly vocal dogs.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to silence the barking with just a simple command? Having your dog learn a Quiet command can really help with a lot of problem behaviors dogs sometimes have.  Such as barking at every squirrel or leaf that crosses the lawn.

2. Bedtime – Another very useful command that saves you from having to guide your dog to their crate when it’s time.  It’s so much easier, especially in a house with multiple dogs, to be able to give a bedtime command, then to go around handing out treats and shutting crate doors. Rather than having to guide each dog to his/her own crate individually.

3. Loose Leash Walking – It’s so much better for your dog and you if they learn loose leash walking early.  Especially when you have bigger dogs.  Walks are much more relaxing for both you and your dog if he/she isn’t dragging you around the block.

4. How to train your dog to stay in the yard – Play and potty times are much easier when you’re not working with a leash.  Training your dog to stay in your yard in much better.

5. Off-leash walking – Living in the country forests, like we do, having a dog that will walk with you off leash is great.  It makes our walks through the woods pleasant.  Instead of having the leash tangle around trees and fallen logs.

6. Greeting Visitors Calmly  – Being able to have visitors able to enter the house without being jumped all over is a wonderful trait in a dog.  It scares off a lot fewer friends and visitors than having a hyperactive dog flying around when people walk in the door.

7. Not to jump on people – And when your dog is greeting people in places other than the front door, it’s nice not to have him jumping on everyone.  Especially unsteady seniors and little kids.  We use the word “off” as our command for not jumping when they do forget their manners. But everyone uses different dog training commands, you may use the word “down” or something else.

Handy dog training commands

8. Speak – We teach them not to bark with the Quiet dog training command, then we teach them to speak.  Sounds counterproductive, but it isn’t.  There are times when you want to hear that bark, on command.

9. Howl – This may or may not be everyone’s cup of tea.  But we have a couple of dogs that are Beagle mixes, and we like to hear them howl once in a while.  Especially the newest permanent member of the pack, Cami.  Her little half Beagle, half Chihuahua howl is the cutest.

10. Wipe paws – This is another great dog training command for those of us who live in the woods. Muddy footprints would be the bane of my existence if we didn’t wipe our feet when we came it. It’s also cute!

11. Walk backward – This can come in handy if you are using a leash while walking in the woods.  No matter how careful you are, they occasionally decide to go on the opposite side of the tree from you. It’s also a cute trick.

12. Army Crawl – Another cute trick that can come in handy once in a while.  Such as trying to get a dog to crawl under a log while you’re out walking.  Or just to work on something new with your pooch.  It’s so cute when dogs army crawl, especially the little ones.

13. Bring Item – The item can be anything you wish, your slippers, the dog’s leash, etc. Or you can teach for multiple different items.  Just make sure you have a clear command for each item.

14. Jump Over –  This is another handy training command for those of us who live in the woods, and like to spend time walking in them and dealing with frequent downed trees.  Walking in the woods is also a great place to practice this command.

How to teach the Beyond the Basics dog training commands.

In the next few posts, we’ll work on how to teach all of these commands to your pooch.  You’ll soon be on your way to the best-behaved, easy to handle, dog on the block.  Your neighbors will be jealous of your well-mannered pup.

This post is part of the series Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics

Other posts in this series:

  1. Dog Training: Greet Visitors Calmly
  2. 14 Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics (Current)
  3. Beyond the Basics: Quiet Dog Training Command
  4. Beyond the Basics: Loose Leash Walking

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