Tricks and Commands that are essential for every dog to know?

Question by KJ: Tricks and Commands that are essential for every dog to know?
He's going with my husband and I to meet family and I'd really like to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

I've taught my five month old puppy sit, down, jump, and paw.

They're all in different orders so he's not just memorizing a routine.
He learns very fast, I actually just taught him paw in five minutes.

What are some other essential tricks that might come in handy for my dog to know? (And if you could, the ways they are taught)

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Answer by Painted Pony
How about "COME" and "STAY", "DROP IT'" or "LEAVE IT"?

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Question by AshleyNicole: How do you teach a gerbils tricks?
I have 2 gerbils and i don't know how to teach them tricks like sit on my shoulder and stuff. Can you Help!!!!!!!?????????
I tried holding the treat above her head but she wouldnt jump onto my hand.

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Answer by Johnnytest P

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6 thoughts on “Tricks and Commands that are essential for every dog to know?”

  1. Driving a car (get professional lessons–This one is for the professionals!!)
    “give the silent treatment” (give your dog a treat every time he walks away from you after the command: YOU’RE NOT MY DAD!”)
    For a fun crowd pleaser teach your dog merengue! (have him watch this video for up to 9 hours a week

    Good luck! 😀

  2. Stay and come, should have been on the top of the list.

    These are the ones that can save a dogs life in traffic or and emergency.

  3. All time most important? DOWN – instantly, at any distance, and remaining there until told they can move. Even if I can’t get a dog to come, I can go to them if they will down and stay.

    Most useful? TOUCH – which means a dog nose touches the palm of my hand. I can stimulate any moving command with this one and position the dog wherever I need them – I can fake a recall, heeling, jumping up, going into a crate or through an opening, and much more. Anywhere I can put my hand, I can get the dog there, too.

    Really, the AKC Obedience series gives you the best benchmarks for training – first, the AKC Star Puppy Program ( gives a good foundation, and then when the dog is a little older, they will be ready for the Canine Good Citizen test (

    But I don’t consider a dog to be reliably trained until they can perform the exercises to earn a Companion Dog (CD) title in Novice Obedience ( where they will demonstrate that they can respond instantly and correctly to a single spoken command to heel on and off leash, stand and stay while examined, come when called, and hold both a sit- and a down-stay with their handler on the other side of the ring.

    If you want a dog that can do more, Open obedience adds jumping, retrieves, dropping during the recall, and sits and downs with the handler out of sight. Even MORE fun (and useful) are the advanced exercises in Utility where the dog must respond to hand signals, respond to commands at a greater distance, correctly retrieve items by taking a direction or detecting their handler’s scent, etc.

    For a novice owner/trainer, I HIGHLY recommend a training class! There are dozens or hundreds of methods that “work” to train different dogs with different handlers at different times or under different circumstances. I don’t know if your pup is domineering or laid back, whether you are soft-spoken or boisterous, if you want to use a clicker or treats or collar corrections or a head halter and how your pup responds to each, etc. You need a trainer who can watch you train and give suggestions in real time, one who can reach out and position your hands on the leash and even take the leash from your and demonstrate what they mean. Find a great training class here: the trainers at these clubs are volunteers with years of experience and a passion for dogs, very high quality instruction! – and since AKC-affiliated clubs MUST be non-profit, the classes are also some of the most reasonably priced. Even if there are no training clubs within driving distance of you, contact the closest one as they will know which local trainers have their heads on straight.

    Good luck!

  4. ok first you need to learn how to backflip
    that will definitely….well..that’ll..uh..

    well i suppose that won’t help at all

  5. you dont and say you did and when the people want to see them
    “sit” than say they are you just cant see it through there fur… and also say run to them and then push on their butt and they might learn eventually… my gerbil did

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