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20 Dog Commands You Need to Know

Our partners at ECAD share their top training tips, from years of experience.

By Team ECAD. January 01, 2011 | See Comments

20 Dog Commands You Need to Know

Dog training should be fun, but often it's a real challenge. A trained dog is a happy dog, so get on your way with these essentials tips from dog training experts.

Training a new pup, or teaching an older dog a few new tricks, can seem like a daunting task. Our friends at ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities) have helped to simplify the process by sharing 20 basic commands everyone should know. We've designed this as a kind of 20-week course where you work with your dog to teach one or two commands each week in a particular sequence, so each command builds on the last. But feel free to work through them faster or slower depending on the age of your dog, your own lifestyle, and how much time you have to work through them. At the end of 20 weeks, you'll be well on your way to a well-trained dog, and well-trained dogs mean happy dogs and happy pet parents. Good luck!

 


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