Easy Dog Tricks For Newbies To The Game

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Photo By: Adalie Keobounheuang

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We all know of the basic commands we can teach a dog; sit, stay, come. Well, we have managed to try out some of these easy tricks with a couple of our clients. One client in particular is our master trickster. His name, WOODIE! Full name, Woodford. Still pretty cool. (Picture above)



We’re newbies to teaching other dogs tricks and commands. My husband finds this to be his favorite thing to do with our clients. If they know some tricks already, he likes to keep them on their toes and practice.


Here’s a link if you want to check out a video of Vandy having a good time hanging with Woodie:


In the video, Vandy gets Woodie to accomplish these tricks by letting him sniff the treats he has in his hands. That way he knows that when the trick is completed, there’s a treat waiting for him.



The treats we’re using right now are from Crazy Dog Train-Me!  (Picture below) We find the dogs like the chicken flavor dog treats in particular. These soft treats are great for agility training. They are small enough that our clients can have a good amount without filling them up quickly. They also don’t flake up like many treats do.

Photo By: Adalie Keobounheuang


Anyone can teach a dog a trick if they have the time and patience. Not all dogs will listen at first command and some will, if you’re lucky. Here’s three easy tricks to start off with:



  1. Ask your dog to “Sit.”
  2. Next, open your hand in front of you, and say “Stay.”
  3. Then, take a few steps back and see how far you can go before they can no longer resist the urge to move
  4. Gradually increase the number of steps you take before giving the treat.
  5. Lastly, reward your fur baby by giving them a treat. This will teach them that good things come to those who wait! (Pun intended)


Here’s Rocky the bulldog showing off how well she can stay. GO ROCKY! ( This is my sister in law’s dog)

Photo By: Adalie Keobounheuang


This is one of the easiest commands so it’s a good one to start off with. We use this trick the most to take an introduction photo of our clients for our social media. Works great!

  1. Allow your pet to sniff the treat in your hand
  2. Move your hand with the treat upwards. This makes the dog look up and naturally moves their butt to a sitting position
  3. Once your dog is in the sitting position, say “Sit.” If the trick is completed, reward with a treat
  4. Feel free to repeat this sequence until your dog has mastered the trick
  5. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Constant practice will help your pet become a better listener and you’ll begin to notice they’re much easier to handle.


This command is great for emergencies. If you so happen to lose grip of the leash or if you’re walking off leash, this command will bring your pet right back to you. This is also a key command to master if you’re a dog walker and walk your packs off leash.

  1. Leash on your dog
  2. Go down to eye level and say, “Come”
  3. If your pet goes to you, a treat is rewarded
  4. Once mastered with a leash, remove it and practice in a safe area


Once this command is mastered, try an off leash walk and feel how comfortable your walks can be not having to worry about holding a leash for an hour.


A treat can go a long way if used properly. Try out these easy tips to get some tricks!

Photo By: Adalie Keobounheuang


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  1. Bobby F

    What’s the best age for a puppy to start being trained?

    • Adalie Keobounheuang

      Your young pup can begin to learn simple obedience commands such as “sit,” “down,” and “stay,” as young as 7 to 8 weeks.

  2. Vicky

    My lab Jessie learned to play dead. With the right treats it’s not so hard.

    • Adalie Keobounheuang

      So cool! A dog we’re caring for now just showed us he knows how to pull off that trick too. Hilarious! Yes, treats are a great way to get what you want out of dogs sometimes.

  3. Jamie A

    Learning the basic commands is essential for a dog to act well behaved with other dogs.

    • Adalie Keobounheuang

      Hi Jamie,
      I completely agree!

  4. Timmy D

    How long does the training take for basic commands?

    • Adalie Keobounheuang

      Hi Timmy,
      I believe it all depends on the age and breed. Some breeds learn quicker than others. The more you teach and train your dog, the faster they will catch on.

  5. David Singh

    Nice job!

    • Adalie Keobounheuang

      Hi David,
      Much appreciated! Thanks.

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