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How to Teach Your Dog 6 Essential Dog Behaviors

Teaching your dog how to perform these important behaviors is an essential part of their training program.  They aren’t just tricks or commands.  They are actually important life skills that every dog needs to know.  In fact, knowing these skills could help save your dogs life one day.  Yep, it’s that important.


How many of these training cues does your dog know already?


If the answer is none — or your puppy is missing one or more of them — then do your dog (and yourself) a favor.  Make a plan to start teaching them right now.  Take a moment to review the list.  It doesn’t much matter which one you teach first.  Decide where you want to start.  Discuss these with your family members so you can agree on the plan.  In fact, different family members could take different behaviors to teach.  Then you can swap out for reinforcement training.  And before you know it, your dog is much happier, more obedient and fun to be around. Connect with your dog and jump in!


  1. Wait
  2. Go to your Place
  3. Recall
  4. Name Recognition
  5. Reverse
  6. Crating


What do you do if you don’t have much time? Not to worry. You can easily train these great behaviors in less than 5 to 10 minutes a day.  In fact, every interaction you have with your dog either improves their training skills, or you are undermining their progress by un-training them.  Good consistent training boosts their confidence, improves their responsiveness and enhances your bond with each other.  Each one becomes a building block for more fun and games too.


Remember, dog training is supposed to be fun for both of you.   Enjoy!




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Great read. Training your dog at a young age will ensure your dog seamlessly fits in to your lifestyle, making for both a happy animal and owner.

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