Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog to Army Crawl

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

Other posts in this series:

  1. Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog to Walk Backwards
  2. Beyond the Basics: Training Dogs to Wipe their Paws
  3. Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog to Army Crawl (Current)
  4. Beyond the Basics: Training Your Dog to Bring Items by Name

Teaching your dog to army crawl isn’t one of the basic commands that every dog should know.  But it’s adorable when they do it.  Especially, the tiny dogs.  And it could come in handy if you’re out hiking, or building your dog an obstacle or agility course.

Remember training is not only about teaching the dog tricks, it about the bonding time you have with your dog too.  Mixing up the training sessions and adding in new tricks keep training interesting for both you and your dog.

Teaching Your Dog to Army Crawl

If your dog already knows Lie Down then teaching your dog to army crawl will be a lot easier.  If not, it’s time to go back to the basics and learn Lie Down first.

Now grab those small tasty, high value dog treats that your dog loves and call him over for a training session.

To get started put your dog in the Lie Down position.

Then hold a dog treat in front of his nose, but don’t let him have it.  You just want him to know it’s there.  Slowly drag the treat back away from your dog, close to the floor.

As soon as he starts to army (or belly) crawl, reward him with the treat and lots of praise.

Keep practicing until he’s army crawling a little further each time.

Once he’s gotten the hang of it.  Add in your command word “Crawl”, is what we use, but you can use any command you want, as soon as he starts to army crawl.  Continue to reward and praise for the proper behavior.

When you think your dog has mastered the trick, and knows the command words, have him lie down across the room and ask him to Crawl to you for the treat.

Once he’s mastered that, you should be able to phase out giving the Lie Down command first.

Remember to keep your training sessions short and fun to get the most out of it for both you and your dog.

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

Other posts in this series:

  1. Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog to Walk Backwards
  2. Beyond the Basics: Training Dogs to Wipe their Paws
  3. Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog to Army Crawl (Current)
  4. Beyond the Basics: Training Your Dog to Bring Items by Name

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  1. Thanks for your series on more advanced dog training. It is always good to find tips to help keep pups learning new tricks.

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