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7 Essential Commands Your Dog Needs to Know

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

  1. Sit - MambaGK always teaches Sit first because it’s the most natural concept for most dogs. It's also one of the easiest for them to learn, so even dogs who are new to training can get the hang of it within a few sessions. And because it's also a transition command, once a dog can sit, you can move on to other things.

  2. Down/Lay Down - We believe down is a great 2nd command to teach your dog. When your dog is sitting its little easier to get them to lay down. Laying down for a dog is another traditional command that helps us teach more advanced things.

  3. Stay - A dog who knows how to stay won’t run into the street if she gets loose, so this is one of the most important skills for any dog to learn. teaching stay takes patience but it can be very required for you and your dog. Make sure to have plenty of treats ready. Also it helps to try to train this command when your dog is tired or hungry so you have a less hyper dog to work with.

  4. Come/Recall - Yes we know its #4 but we believe your recall is one of your most useful commands as a owner, Having a dog who come when called allows you to do a lot of positive things and could also save your dogs life. We teach come after we teach the stay command because we believe its just a little easier that way. If you want to be able to walk with your dog off leash or take your dog to a dog park then the come command is something you want to work at tirelessly.

  5. Heel - We belive all dogs should know how to heel or in other words walk by your side calmly. Teaching your dog to heel helps when having a dog who likes to pull. Once your dog learns to heel they won't be pulling you down the sidewalk.

  6. Off - Jumping on people or furniture is one of the most common issues we see at Mambagk and its one of the most common dog issues. There are a few methods you can try to counter this issue. When your dog jumps up try turning your back to them. Give them the sit command and then "reward' some we like here at MambaGK.

  7. No/Leave it - Some trainers teach both No and Leave It for slightly different situations, such as using No when a dog shouldn't do something and Leave it for when you want your pup not to investigate an item or situation. We prefer keeping it simple and just using the word NO. No is a great and simple command for getting your dog to know everything you do not want it to do.

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