How To Dog Training | Basic Dog Commands | Doctor Mike
– Hey everybody, if you’ve been
watching my YouTube channel
or following me elsewhere in social media,
you’ll see that the most
important person in my life,
is actually not a person
at all, but my pup Roxy.
She’s a big part of my
life and my dad’s life.
We actually got Roxy when I lost my mom
during my medical school training.
If you’re interested in seeing
that whole story of how we got Roxy,
check out my Mother’s Day tribute video.
It’s a great story.
In this video I’m going to show
you guys how I trained Roxy
and how you can use those same tips
at home to train your own dog.
Make sure you stick around
to the end of this video
because I’m going to be discussing
a bunch of health benefits
you can get from owning a dog.
Before we get into specifics,
its important that you establish yourself
as the alpha in the relationship.
– I got big boy pants on!
– Some people view as
being strict with your dog
or being unkind to your dog,
but that’s totally not the case.
It’s important to
establish the relationship
that you’re in control,
that you are the leader.
Simple examples of being an alpha is
entering a space first before your dog,
making sure you eat before your dog eats,
and again that sounds
harsh but it really isn’t,
because your dog needs to
know that you’re the leader
and you’re the one that’s
in control of the situation.
Being the leader in a relationship
not only allows your dog to be safe
but also reduces your dog’s anxiety.
When your dog knows
what to expect from you
when you give a command, it
helps a dog feel more at ease
and it facilitates a better
line of communication.
All right let’s get into commands.
I think these basic commands
are the most important
to teach your dog right off the bat.
Sit is one of the most important commands
and the first command
that you can probably
teach to your dog and
it’s a great foundation
for all the other tricks
that your gonna be teaching your dog.
How to teach your dog sit?
Well this one’s really simple.
You want to get a treat,
something your dog absolutely adores
and really just take the treat
and slowly raise it above the dog’s head
and when your making that motion
the dog will naturally
want to lower it’s behind.
If your dog naturally doesn’t
lower it’s behind to the floor
it’s totally appropriate to
raise the treat with one hand
and also push on your dog’s
bottom with the other.
Lay, when you want your dog to lay down
you have them in a seated position
and then you take the treat
right in front of their face
and lower it slowly to ground-level,
having your dog’s face follow the treat.
As you get closer to the floor
the dog will naturally want to lie down.
Once the dog is lying down it’s important
to say the command again,
lay and congratulate the dog
by either giving the treat
or just giving praise.
Heel, it’s an incredibly important command
because you never know
what goes on in the dog park or the city.
Heel is the perfect command
in order to recall your dog into position.
You call your dog and your dog goes into
the exact position every single time,
whether your mobile or stationary.
I prefer having my dog heel to left side
so that my dominant hand is
free to be without the leash
and able to do commands
like go on Instagram
and check my YouTube channel.
To teach the heel
command, you want to start
with your dog seated
directly in front of you.
Bring the treat to the dog’s eye level
and slowly start bringing
the treat around you
while saying the word heel.
Once a dog is in a seated
position on your chosen side,
repeat the command heel
and give the dog a treat
with a ton of praise.
♪Stay with me ♪
There’s plenty of situations where my dog
will be on one side of the street
and there will be another dog
on the other side of the street.
It’s important that I am
able to tell Roxy to stay
so she doesn’t run into traffic.
To teach the stay command,
I’ll start by walking with Roxy
and interrupt her path
by putting my hand firmly
in front of her and taking steps back.
If Roxy continues to follow,
I’ll repeat the command stay
and continue walking backwards
and only congratulate her when
she follows the command stay.
Leave it, when Roxy and
I are roaming the streets
of New York there’s plenty of delicious
but dangerous goodies all over the floor.
You’re the one in control
and you’re the one that
can protect the dog
by saying, leave it.
To teach the leave it command,
you want to throw something on the ground
that your dog finds delicious
and instantly tap the dog on the neck
to recapture the dogs
attention as a correction
while giving the command, leave it.
The reason you give the tap
specifically on the neck
is because when dogs are puppies
their mom’s give them corrections
by nipping them right at the neck.
We talked about the basic safety commands
but not let’s do a few commands
that are just plain adorable.
Give Paw, it’s an adorable
command that everybody loves,
when they greet a dog, it
almost makes them human like
it brings that affection out.
The way you teach the give paw command
is to have your dog seated
directly in front of you,
to have a treat in one hand
and with your free hand
to literally take a dog’s paw
and place it into position
while saying the command paw.
Immediately give your dog a
treat and give a lot of praise.
And ultimately your dog
will just start giving you it’s paw
when you say the word paw.
And then if you really want to get fancy,
you can transition from
give paw to high-five
like Roxy does so well because
it makes for adorable photos.
Play dead, there is no utility for this
but again incredibly adorable.
Roxy’s a very energetic dog
and it’s really funny
to watch her play dead
and lie completely still on the floor
for an extended period of time.
To teach the play dead command
you really just have to position your dog
and keep repeating the word play dead
and giving her a treat afterwards.
The more you do this,
the more your dog will associate
laying in that position with lying dead.
Hug is a really easy
commands to teach your dog
because most dogs will naturally
want to jump on you anyway.
So just get into a kneel position,
have your dog seated in front of you,
give the command hug while
tapping your shoulders,
get your dog excited
and your dog will naturally jump on you.
Speak, this is a tricky command to teach
because you have to do
it right when it happens.
Sometimes your dogs are going to be vocal
and that’s when you say speak
and you associate the command
with what your dog is already
doing with that command.
If your dog starts barking
when you’re not asking
for the command speak, you
don’t want to give any praise
and in fact you want to ignore the dog
so your dog learns not to do it
when you’re not asking for the command.
Here is an advanced bonus trick, search,
I see this command carried out
by police dogs and counter terrorism dogs.
So I wondered if I could teach Roxy
how to search and yes I could.
To teach a search command
requires a number of steps.
Step one, you want to get
a treat into your hand
and allow your dog to
smell the treat first
and then give the dog the treat.
Step two, is to take the
treat, have the dog sit
but watch you hide the
treat somewhere in the room.
Then go back to your dog, allow
your dog to smell your hand
and then say search and your dog
will take that as a command
to go get the treat.
Next, you want to bring
the dog into another room,
have the dog sit in that room and wait
while you go and hide the treat
somewhere near by the
original hiding place before.
Now you call the dog back into the room,
allow your dog to smell
your hand and say search.
And your dog will initially go to the spot
where the treat was last hidden
but when it’s not there
the dog will start to sniff
and ultimately find the treat
in the new hiding place.
You can keep expanding the range
of where you hide the treat
until ultimately you can
take your dog outside
which becomes very impressive.
So now you have a well-trained dog.
Owning a dog comes with
a ton of health benefits
that you may not know about.
Dogs encourage you to exercise.
Dogs need walks, just as
much as humans need walks.
So if you have a furry friend
there that’s encouraging you
to exercise and go for a walk or a run,
that makes a process a lot more exciting,
a lot more interesting.
Believe it or not, having a dog
actually decreases your risk
of dying from heart disease.
A study followed a group of people
that had their first heart attack
and those who were dog owners
had significantly lower risk of dying
just because they were dog owners.
Dogs decrease anxiety
and decrease the risk of
developing a mood disorder.
When it comes to kids, having
a dog in the house decreases
the risk of a child developing
asthma and allergies
and also improves the
Now think about all the benefits
dogs give to those who are disabled.
Those who are blind, deaf, or elderly,
they get a huge benefit in quality of life
from owning a dog because they
get a major support group.
But this is just the
tip of the iceberg guys.
We’re still discovering all the benefits
that dogs bring into our lives.
I hope this video proved to you
why dogs are truly man’s best friend
and why Roxy is my best friend.
She loves when I scratch her ear
and then let her lick it
off my finger, her ear wax.
Watch me, speak.
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