Dog Training TipsDog Obedience forms the foundation of good and pleasurable dog ownership. We hope that our Dog Training Tips can help enjoy your dog more. Without obedience skills such as walking on a leash, sit, down, stay, come, leave-it, and quiet, a dog does not understand how he should relate to its human pack leaders and to the world around him. A responsible dog owner needs to teach his dog how to behave in the home and in the real world so that the dog respects him, other people and other animals. It’s through dog obedience that we effectively communicate with our dog. The act of training enhances the bond between owner and dog making the relationship a healthy and rewarding one.

Dog Training Tips


Sit is one of the most basic dog obedience commands, providing an essential foundation for establishing a hierarchy between you and your dog. Sit teaches the dog that you are in charge. In theory it is one of the easiest commands to teach your dog therefore we usually start with this command early in a puppy’s training program.


Down is one of the more important obedience commands you can teach your dog. The Down command is a very effective way to establish your pack hierarchy with your dog, something you should do as soon as possible when training your puppy.


Stay can be one of the most challenging commands to teach a dog. We break the process up into three simple building blocks: Time, Distance and Distractions. Find out how to build a long Stay for the Sit, Down and Place Commands without frustration.


When you leave the house is your dog polite and patient at the door or does he just bolt out, pulling you off your feet? Teaching a “wait” command will help.

Training Questions

Steve answers real life training questions from clients and dog owners.


Punishment as well as Positive Reinforcement are crucial tools for teaching a dog both what to do and what not to do.

Come (to come)

The Come command is probably the most important command you can teach your dog. It can save a dog’s life and will make your relationship with your dog one that you can enjoy to the maximum. Start teaching your puppy the come command early on.

Leave It (to come)

Like Come the Leave-it command can be a life saving command for your dog. Dogs love to pick up things that can be potentially harmful and deadly to them. Having a dog that will immediately leave something or drop it can keep them safe and healthy for a long happy life. This command is an essential for puppy training.

Leash Walking (to come)

One of the pleasures of owning a dog is going for a leisurely walk, that is of course if your dog walks with you and doesn’t walk you. The joy of walking a dog without pulling on the leash escapes many dog owners who never master the skill. Teaching your dog to heel on a loose leash is not as hard as it may appear.


If you are having problems training your dog The Dog Squad has a Home Boundaries Program and No Boundaries Program that can help you. We are based in the East Bay, specifically Oakland, CA and work in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.