3 Commands That Could Save Your Dog's Life

These three dog commands can be the difference between life and death.

Dog training is a fun activity for both humans and dogs. It helps our canine friends stay mentally sharp, uses up energy that might otherwise be spent engaging in unwanted behaviors, and strengthens the bond between a dog and owner.

Additionally, training your dog well has real, tangible benefits for quality of life for both of you. And teaching your dog to respond immediately to the following three commands may actually save your dog's life.


The come command is a crucial one to teach your dog. Not only is it useful for when you need to do something for him, but it can also mean the difference between life and death in some situations. For instance, if you are outside and she gets off her leash, your dog must come when you call her or she could get hit by a car or become lost.

For more specifics on teaching your dog this command, check here: "Teaching Your Dog to Come."

Sit/Stay or Down/Stay

The sit command is another highly useful one to make sure your dog understands and responds to. You'll probably use this one daily for a whole host of reasons, but it's especially important that your dog knows how to sit in situations where not doing so might cause a problem. For instance, if you're out and about, and your dog is jumping all over another dog or a person, it could cause a serious dog fight or injury to a human that might result in liability for you.

Additionally, teaching your dog to respond to your verbal cue to sit or lie down and stay can save her life in certain situations. If she's somehow managed to dart across a road, for example, telling her to sit or lie down and stay until you get to her might be much safer than telling her to come, which could lead her back across the road and might be dangerous.

Learn more about teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay in these articles:

"How to Teach a Dog to Lie Down."

"How to Teach Your Dog to Sit."

"How to Teach a Dog to Stay."


Some dogs like to pick things up, chew them, and sometimes even swallow them. There are times when that habit is life-threatening. For instance, if your dog has picked up something poisonous or that can cause an intestinal obstruction, she will need to drop it right away to stay safe. The last thing you want is to engage in a game of keep-away with your dog, chasing her and desperately trying to grab the item out of her mouth while she prances around, thinking you're playing with her or, worse, tries to swallow it before you can steal it.

Teach your dog the drop command so you can order her from a distance to release something dangerous from her mouth and have her respond instantly. This is also a helpful command when you're playing fetch.

Learn more about teaching this command here: "Teach Your Dog the Drop Command."

General Dog Training Tips

When you're training your dog, there are some things to keep in mind at all times:

Remember, stay positive and have fun, but make sure your dog knows these three potentially life-saving commands.

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