The 10 Dog Commands

The 10 Commands for Dogs

It may sound like a list of religious standards for Dogs 😉
but it is a simple and basic way to communicate
with your Dog and to keep your Dog safe
by using these 10 commands

Basic Commands

Your Bulldog is your best friend,
but a Dog must have good manners,
so people and dogs around will enjoy it’s company
Dogs are able to learn a variety of commands
and by learning them your dog will be
socialized, friendly and controlled

Teaching your dog to understand
a vocabulary of basic commands
will go a long way towards
alleviating misunderstandings

Every dog owner should establish
a list of Basic Commands to train with
These commands will create
a foundation of communication
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This command is often paired with sit or down,
the stay command tells dogs to relax,
and stay still for a while
It’s not the easiest command
for many dogs to learn
because they’d rather be
moving around than staying still


Ask your dog to sit or lie down,
then tell her stay, holding your hand out
with your palm toward her nose in the stop position
If she holds the position for a second or two,
praise her and offer a treat
Repeat the sequence, gradually increasing the time



Some dogs have a way of pushing their way
to the front of the line when they want to go
through doors or down narrow hallways
Telling them to wait lets them know
they are not supposed to go
until you tell them to

The command Wait will help you tremendously
When you have to open the car doors for example
you can teach them to wait
until you put their leashes on
before jumping out of the car

Teaching him to wait lets him know
that he has to stand still for a short time
until you are finished with some task
Teach him to wait until you give him permission
to go through a door, for instance or before crossing the street


Open your door and give him enough leash
that he could walk through the door
When he is at the front of the door,
pull the leash and say, Wait
If he doesn’t listen, pull the leash
and release a little in quick succession

Praise him and give him a treat when he finally gets it
Practice until he waits until you are through the door
and then allow him to follow

Make sure to practice this command
in different situtations
so your dog will understand
the differences



This command tells your dog
to quit fidgeting and be still
It’s useful for when you’re grooming him,
bathing him, checking him over,
or drying him off on a wet day

Only start with this command after
the dog has mastered the Sit and Down command


Prepare for Training
All you need to teach your dog
to stand is a handful of treats
You will also want to find a quiet place
that is free of distractions
so your dog will keep its focus on you

Start off with your dog
either sitting or lying down in front of you
Hold a treat right in front of its nose,
and give the command stand
Very slowly pull the treat straight out
from its nose and toward you.
Your dog should stand up to follow the treat
The moment it is standing,
praise your dog and give it the treat




Like sit, the down command is
an essential part of doggy etiquette

Lying down is one of the harder commands
for dogs to learn, but it’s very useful
Dogs who understand ‘down’ are much more
welcome in cafes and other public places,
and much more pleasant to have near the dinner table

It’s also useful to help with social tension between dogs
when they are on the leash and
an approaching dog is scared or unsure
Give your dog the down command
This will help the other dog to feel safe and pass by

Laying down is also a good way to calm the dog
but try not to use the down command as a correction

I myself use different commands
for down and calm down
The down command should be about the position
the calming down, is not a position but a state of mind


Get a nice smelling treat
and hold it in your closed hand
First ask your dog to sit, later on you can teach
to lie down from standing, but it’s easiest to start from a sit

Place your hand up to your dog’s nose
allowing it to sniff the treat
Your dog will follow the movement with his body,
lowering his head and stretching toward the treat
After your dog is in the prone position, say Down
Give your dog the treat and praise it






This is one of the easiest commands to teach
Dogs who know how to sit are less likely
to be jumping on you or anyone else
and it’s also an easy way for them to calm down

This command is one of the easiest to teach,
and is usually the first command
introduced to a dog or puppy

Learning this command also helps the dog
learn how to respond to training
This command is useful,
especially when you have a large dog
If you don’t want him to jump all over you,
or someone else, have him sit down

It also helps to keep a sense of order
when someone rings your doorbell
And it aids in the attempt to keep your dog
from jumping excitedly while waiting for his breakfast


To teach Sit, you only need to
stand facing the dog with a treat in hand,
placed no more than an inch above the dog’s nose

Guide the dog’s head to move up
by moving the treat farther up the dog’s head
The dog should raise his head
and lower his rump into a sit
The instant you get a sit, praise him and give the treat

Leave it


Leave it

This is an especially good command for dogs
who will not hesitate to grab food
or anything they find on the ground

Dogs manage to get their teeth on all sorts of things
that can be dangerous for them, which is why
the leave it command is so important

The number one poison hazard for dogs
is human prescription medication, 
even a single pill can have devastating effects on a dog
There is also the danger of
chewing on and swallowing items
that can get stuck in their throats or intestinal tracts

Unless a dog has been taught to drop
whatever is in his mouth,
he may play keep away or swallow the item
before the owner can retrieve it
A dog that understands leave it
will leave an object alone or let go of the item,
which can then be taken away


Have your dog on a leash and drop
a treat or toy onto the ground
Walk your dog past the toy
just short of where he could get it
As soon as you notice him pulling toward the toy,
sharply say, Leave it and pull him away

When he walks away
without you having to pull him,
reward him with a snack and tell him what a good dog he is
Repeat this with a longer leash and later without a leash,
until he listens to you and ignores the toy
Never forget to reward and praise

First train this with toys 
When the dog has mastered that,
try the same with food and treats




This command is used to prepare your dog 
to go on a walk, you can use Out of Walkies
Just make sure to use is consistent

Why is this command useful?
You are letting the dog know you are going out together
and asking him or her to prepare
This means the dog will wait for you to get the leash
and sit down so you can easily put on their collars

Usually people will just grab the dog’s leash
and the dog will jump and get overexcited
making it hard to put them on the leash
also you want your dog to be happy but calm
when leaving the house

Before putting on a coat or grabbing the leash
Give the command out or walkies
At first the dog will not know the meaning 
and won’t respond but it will soon
figure out this is the sign to go outside

Make sure your dog is calm and sits down
before putting on their collar/leash
Repeat and your dog will soon learn
to sit down and wait for you
to come and take him or her outside

The importance of the Walk

Why is walking your Bulldog important?

Recent studies show that a lot of dog owners are too lazy to give their dogs a daily walk. Many well meaning dogowners think they’re doing right by their dogs.. after all, their dog has a nice kennel, it gets fed and it has a huge backyard to play in. Surely not walking them, isn’t cruelty?

Well I have to disagree. I really think that a fundamental responsibility of dog ownership is walking your dog. Dogs need walks for both exercise and mental stimulation. Unfortunately it has become a trend among some dogowners to leave their dog out in the garden to do it’s business and the owners figure that therefor they no longer have to walk their dog…Wrong! You can have acres of land but your dog will still need to be walked daily.

When dogs are not getting the exercise and stimulation that they need, it can cause behavioural problems and it can reduce both the length and quality of their life. Despite the advice from vets and animal welfare experts around the world, millions of dogs are denied this basic need.

Dogs are intelligent animals. They need to have environmental stimulation. They need to explore, be out in the fresh air, getting exercise. They need to see other dogs on their walks and meet random people. They need to sniff new trees, practice their obedience, and tire themselves out. All these things are stimulating and exciting for them.  No matter how exciting you make your home environment, it will never replace the exercise or exitement provided by a good walk.

The Bulldog needs excersize too!

A lot of people will think the English Bulldog is a lazy dog that doesn’t need much excersize. This ‘thinking’ results in that a lot of lazy dogowners choose the bulldogbreed, thinking it will be less effort and they can have to pleasure of owning a dog without too much effort. Wrong again!

The Bulldog might not be build for endurance or speed but a Bulldog, just like any dog, needs their daily excercise and mental stimulation. Bulldogs are short and chubby in build but they are not fat or lazy by nature!


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Resolve problem behaviour just by Walking

I think the dogwalk is really undervalued even by well meaning, loving and experienced dogowners. From the Bulldogs that come into our Rescue with behavioural problems, I estimate that about 60 to 70% of those problems is solved just by meeting there basic need of excersize and stimulation. Let me repeat that, 60 to 70% of the dogbehavioural problems of the dogs that come into our rescue are solved just by walking them daily and giving them plenty of excersize and mental stimulation. So before you complain that your dog is naughty or disobedient, ask yourself how many times did you walk your dog today?

Walking every day will help your dog to be balanced, healthy and happy for a lifetime and I haven’t even begun to discuss the benefits to you; bonding with your dog, losing weight, improving health and relieving stress are just some of those benefits.

Make the Walks more Fun


Make your walks more exciting by:

• Changing the routes and sceneries. Don’t take the same route everyday but have fun and visit the beach or forest with your Bully

• Bring toys and play fetch, have little play sessions on your walks. It is a great way to bond and to help release the dogs energy

• Practice obedience training and new tricks. The walk is a perfect moment to train your dog and learn him or her new tricks

• Walk with other doggy and/or human friends. Walking with multiple dogs bring a whole new vibe to the walk and you can enjoy the human companionship while the dogs play together 


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Bulldog Training Index
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To Treat or not to Treat?

Should you use treats in dog training or not?
Some people claim it is better
to not use treats in training.
Their concern is that the Dog
will only listen in case there is a treat.
This is a valid concern,
cause this can happen if
treats are mis-used in training.

The trick is to make sure that food
is being used as a reward and not as a bribe.
There is a big difference!

A bribe is produced before the desired behavior,
a reward is produced after the behavior.
So even showing the treat
before giving a command
is considered a bribe.

Important is to know that
when you are rewarding good behaviour,
you have many options to reward:
a favorite toy, a cozy cuddle, playtime,
a belly rub, taking a hike together..

Whatever makes your Dog happy
can be used as a reward.
Make sure to change type of rewards frequently.
This will help prevent the problem
that your dog will only follow the commands
when you have treats around.

There are also a lot of Dogs
who love their treats but
will not eat when going outside
cause of too much excitement and distractions.

This will make the use of treats
for training outside the home useless.
Again that is why it is very important
to use different variations of rewards.
Your Dog will soon learn that following commands
and showing good behaviour
will get him happy surprises 😀

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Using food isn’t cheating or bribing.
It is an easy way to motivate your dog.
A reward should be a positive consequence
for a desired behavior.

There are lots and lots of ways to reward
your dog for a good behavior.
Treats are just one of the most used
and often misused rewards.

It is very important to not
overfeed your Dog while training.
It is also very important to not combine
treats as a reward in any form of training
where conditioning or any form
of activity/sport is involved.
Active training with a full stomach
can cause a medical condition called bloat,
where the stomach swells up/tilts
which can be fatal to a dog.

Of course you can use 2 or 3 treats
during training in the park
but make sure to not overfeed
and excersize in one session.

So regarding using treats in Dog training
we can summarize it into

4 golden rules of using treats
in Dog training:

1. Use treats as a reward, not as a bribe

2. A treat should only be one of the many rewards
you give your dog, variety is key

3. Do not overfeed

4. Do not use treats combined
with exercise/sport training