Dogs are smart. About like a toddler is smart. Several behavioral measures show a dog's mental abilities are close to a human child who is 2 to 2.5 years old.
So ... some knowledge of dog and puppy learning processes and cognition is essential to learning new skills with your best friend. Yes, with your dog. You have some bad behaviors that need to be corrected too. Here's the Reader's Digest version -dogs learn in two ways — by association/emotion and by consequence/doing. Just like your toddler or your sibling's toddler or your sibling. Read How Dogs Learn before you attempt the six Training Foundations lessons.
Six Foundation Lessons
These are the six foundations of dog training. The bones below each Training Foundation indicate the level of difficulty of learning the lesson with your best friend. We include 1-bone and 2-bone lessons for free 🎓
For complex training and difficult interactions, chat with our Dogologists or schedule Virtual Training.
Sit is the first behavior many owners choose to teach their dogs. It provides a strong foundation for other behaviors as well as impulse control from unwanted behaviors such as jumping. Read the Training Plan 🎓
As the first of our two lifesaving behaviors, come is essential to begin practicing immediately with your dog or puppy. Read the Training Plan 🎓
Down is an important command to help teach your dog impulse control and relaxation. It can be especially important with larger dogs to help them be safe and under control around children and small dogs. Read Training Plan 🎓
Stay is a behavior that will come into play many times a day throughout your dog’s life. This behavior will come into use when you open the door of your house to prevent bolting and even at the vet for your dog to be examined. Read the Training Plan 🎓
Teaching Leave It
The second of our two lifesaving behaviors, leave it is one of the first commands your dog needs to know to keep him away from anything you don’t want him to touch, including dangerous foods. Read the Training Plan 🎓
Teaching Loose Leash Walking
Learning loose leash walking or LLW is one of the most challenging but most essential of the Foundation behaviors. A pulling, unfocused dog can not only easily hurt themselves, but hurt their owner as well. Read the Training Plan. 🎓