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. (upbeat music) (Roxy howling) 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. ♪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. Congratulations. 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
childrens socialization. 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. (static) She loves when I scratch her ear and then let her lick it
off my finger, her ear wax. (static) Watch me, speak. (growls) Growl. (growls) (static) (barks) (static) Hey guys, thanks for watching. If you haven’t already, hit that subscribe button now
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100 Responses

  1. Braden McCrabb says:

    This was very useful because my dog is deaf so I can’t use my voice to teach him. Thanks Dr. Mike!

  2. Todd Walker says:

    Haha, my dog doesn't listen. She just lays down and sleeps XD Nice video

  3. Elise Courtney says:

    OMI GOD!!!!! IV BEEN TRAINING MY DOG (hes 9 years old and im doing an experiment if he can still learn tricks) AND I DID THAT LAY DOWN COMMAND THE WAY YOU DID IT WITHOUT KNOWNING IZt

  4. Undead Gamer says:

    I love this video, and I LOVE Roxy!! You two are the cutest 💕💕💕

  5. Ryan Vincentius Gaming says:

    "How to Dog Training"do you even basic grammar mate
    Edit: I really have no hate Dr Mike but he misspelled a word so I made this just for fun 😉

  6. Sarah Brown says:

    Do you know how to teach your dog to fetch, my dog can't and it really annoys me.

  7. ayesha kamat says:

    I'm gonna show all your dog videos to my parents, I think they might listen to you and get me one

  8. RB - 04LL - Castle Oaks PS (1496) says:

    Here is a tip
    Do everything first then pay attention to your dog
    Child:Dad is home!!!!!
    Dad meets everybody then meets the dog
    Like if this was a good example

  9. Mr.Duck1 24 says:

    My cat loves licking my earwax off of my finger too. ._.

  10. bhavana samhita says:

    Does this stuff work on a 3 year old dog?

  11. DJane Julie says:

    so cute! i taught my dog ´double-paw´. it´s sort of your ´hug´, but she puts both of her paws in my hands. (and we dance around) 😉

  12. Cherish Enderez says:

    Dr. Mike how do you edit your videos while you are busy at work?

  13. Renee Brown says:

    Anyone else living vicariously through dog videos because you can't get one of your own?

    Just me?

  14. alexisshanelle says:

    Youre awesome. Love watching all your videos

  15. cHeESe!! says:

    I'm only thirteen (9 maybe at the time) and I thought my dog paw, high five, lay down, roll over, sit, wait and speak!! Pretty happy with myself and her of course! Awe I love her so much she's such a cutie!! She's a cavachon, she's currently 9 but will be 10 in October and her name is holly:)

  16. Hillary Calderon says:

    what if ur dog is stubborn

  17. Eden Owens says:

    Um but what if u have a pit bull?(they are stubborn)My dog is a pit and she is SUUUUPPPPEEERRR stubborn and I dont have alot of patience (no one in my house has much patience we should probably work on that)

  18. Calvin Alba says:

    I will train my dog in German. Bc why not

  19. MaryBeth Simpkins says:

    For the speak trick: many dogs react to the noise of other dogs barking or crying or sirens. You can turn on YouTube videos of these sounds to initiate the sound. And slowly transition to them to doing it without the audio!!

  20. Pandora's pocket 101 says:

    Hi, im trying to convince my friend to let my godson have a dog as he is an only child and I think it would be really good for him. Can you do or do you have a video that explains the benefits of an only child having a dog? Thank you x

  21. Lina .Ven says:

    She's an adorable dog and really well behaved, but there are even better methods of training a dog without getting physical at all. I kinda had to cringe when you showed how to train the leave signal and nudged her neck. Dr. Mike, your dog is not a puppy and you are not a dog mother nor any kind of dog 😉 I just can advice anyone who's looking for great training advice to go to the kikopup channel here on YouTube.

  22. Don't Worry be Happy says:


  23. Cargney Cargnation says:

    That was sweet and cute when Roxy follows the command
    I'm gonna try it now

  24. KaleidosCopingMe says:

    @Doctor Mike
    Im thinking about getting a service Dog but I an afraight to be a bad dogowner… =/ soo I realy want to know
    Dr Mike what is your take on Service Dogs? And especialy for PTSD- Service Dogs ? Do you belive one who has ptsd can still be a good dog owner and be "the boss" ? Or is it harmful to the dog to have a owner with mental illness?
    How do I know if I can be a good owner?
    Thanks for the Information =) bear is adorable ! ^^ roxy is cool ^^

  25. Cheyenne Weston says:

    4:56 my cousins dog used to do that to me with absolutely no training. From the second id step out of the car he'd run up to me and give me a hug like that. He would do this while i was standing and he was just as tall as i was. Sadly they don't have him anymore😢

  26. ZoZoGamer !! says:

    And having a husky it's even more important to be the alpha

  27. Shaquille Oatmeal says:

    Can you be my doctor? Please!?

  28. Marie Hanna says:

    My god plays dead a lot of times and i didnt actually teach him that.

  29. Rawan Fouda says:

    I'm planning that when I get a dog I'll use this tips cuz the last time I had a puppy German shepherd I wasn't able to train it properly so my mom decided to give it to one of my dads friend. Miss him still😔❤️

  30. Aishwarya kumar says:

    If you turn on 
    auto generate captions – English and go to 4:28 it says Roxy is a very energetic bi*** hahah. 
    Roxy is very cute indeed. <3 <3

  31. Kitsune Rosè says:

    I love how Dr.Mike says dog

  32. Valerie Maertens says:

    I have a shiba inu named Nova. She helps me with my depression and she makes me get out of the house. She is the light of my life.

  33. Aryan Naik says:

    This is essentially operant conditioning. A very effective method of teaching dogs and it's applicable in humans as well

  34. AjeethaPerrumahl says:

    Have to see to that my cats don't see this video!! Am already trained enough to bring food on their command 🤣🤣🤣

  35. Deanna Zubieta says:

    You should most definitely make more dog videos!!

  36. Toothless says:

    A huskyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

  37. Finley The Golden says:

    I’m getting an English cream golden retriever soon. I am so excited, he is such a cute pup.

  38. Joseph Hsu says:

    I got big boy pants
    On too

  39. Daniel Anderson says:

    Guess I'm not the only who plays the stare game with my Husko lol

  40. Uni Zouka says:

    I tried the treat thing, she'd probably take off my hand if I don't give it to her immediately… I AM struggling, she is hyperactive and uncontrollable.. #help

  41. Ugne Miskinyte says:

    I don't even own a dog…..

  42. Hannah Kunstler says:

    I know I'm late, but I just wanna drop by to say that when you use lure to teach a dog a command, you don't want to start saying the word until after they've mastered the movement. Because if you give the command a name before they understand it, to them, it just turns into words, and not a command. Love the vids, keep it up!

  43. Chloë s says:

    I really want a dog🤩🤗, but my parents won't let me😔😭
    Your channel is amazing😎
    Love from the Netherlands🇳🇱

  44. CSTwister says:

    Here we have my dog who won’t listen if he sees no treat 🙁

  45. Jessie Ely says:

    I’m obsessed! I just found your channel yesterday and I’ve been binge watching ever since. Love from Minnesota!

  46. ɴᴀᴛʜᴀɴ ʙʀᴜʜ says:

    So cute! Oh yeah the dog too…

  47. Key Sea says:

    4:27 yeah, INCREDIBLY adorable 😏😏

  48. Bonnie Hundley says:

    Oh dear me, Mike, ha ha ha, you clearly are a canine newbie that has barely researched generic dog training techniques. Really, you know nothing beyond the textbook answers for dog behavior. You don't have to be the alpha, or do all of these formal commands. Your dog is not a robot. Ha, there's actually a finesse to communicating with your dog.
    Having said that, I'm glad you're a self-learner. Good job. I'll give you a cookie as a reward.

    Truth is your dog is in good hands. You'll do well, newbie. That's a happy dog in a good home.

  49. Victoria Regia Cordeiro de Souza says:

    Is it possible to train a little older dog? Like a 3 years old dog?

  50. Kayloni Martin says:

    I had a dog growing up that we could say, “Show me your boobies!” And she would roll over on her back lol

  51. Clint Rapisora says:

    "dogs encourage you to exercise"
    Same reason why i have a Mal.

  52. Nico Donovan says:

    i l o v e your hamilton tank top my guy

  53. Emmie uwu says:

    Will you reply to me?

  54. Anuradha Joshi says:

    Hey! I am just curious… do you follow Cesar Millan's techniques?

  55. Michelle Woods says:

    Thx Dr. Mike! I'm thinking of getting a service dog when I move out on my own. This video is very helpful.

  56. supernatural lover Forever says:

    I wanna roxy. To bad my brother is allergic.

  57. Albandari Zeyara says:

    07:42 just do it and wait

  58. Neethu Babu says:

    Hey Mike.. At what time v should start training?

  59. Matthew Zeller says:

    Here I am searching for dog training tips…. WHAT! Dr. Mike?? Apparently there's some old content I didn't know about.

  60. Save Our Planet says:

    I’m so impressed on how well you speak for someone who immigrated from Russia! I honestly didn’t even know you were from Russia until I saw more of your videos

  61. Ink Sans says:

    5:01 That is just funny and adorable

  62. Sarah Kalnajs says:

    This is VERY outdated training philosophy and advice. It’s like a doctor saying today that smoking isn’t bad for you the way they did 50 years ago. Why not set up a collab video with amazing dog trainer Andrea Arden who is local to NYC and incredibly well respected by the best dog trainers of TODAY! 😊💕🐶 It’s wonderful that you love dogs and I’m sure you don’t want to be perpetuating long disproved facts about dogs and their training.

  63. Kitty Nicky says:

    I thought it was "*HEAL*" and I was like is this for a dog or a pokemon

  64. Lei Esporlas-Fabian says:

    How to be a dog doc 🤣😂

  65. Krista Sirois says:

    Hi Dr. Mike, it’s clear that you love your pets and they are very lucky to have you. I am a resident in Veterinary Behavior and doctor to doctor, I wanted to let you know that the dominance theory, alpha, etc has been throughly disproven. Unfortunately the media has really kept this philosophy popular and there is a major cultural fog surrounding it. But the science tells us differently! ‘Correcting’ a dog the way its mother does is also not recommended, and can lead to anxiety, stress, and fear. Even very mentally healthy dogs show more stress signals around their parents when aversive and punishment based techniques are used. You can find some great, science based information at I know we all want our pets as physically and mentally healthy as possible. Thanks for your great work, from your friendly neighborhood Pet Psychiatrist!

  66. Patrick Park says:

    Lol my dog gives his paw and I don’t ask

  67. LilSushiRoll 007 says:

    I will definitely use these tips to train mine and my boyfriends new puppy we got. Which actually, this new puppy I’m looking into making him a emotional support animal, due to having high generalized anxiety, depression and Bipolar Disorder.

    I actually have 2 other dogs as well lol. They just know sit, shake, high five, lay (sometimes 😒) and stay. The only thing with them now, is while we eat our food they put their paws on our laps, just waiting for food

  68. Jimmy Tear says:

    Rip Kong….

  69. Michelle Soares says:

    Thnx i am going to train my dog now😊

  70. SophiaFL456 says:

    The only sad thing is that I'm allergic to dogs 🙁

  71. srg. evans says:

    I say shake instead

  72. BipolarBear says:

    Dogs are people too Dr. Mike..

  73. BipolarBear says:

    Also also, your editor is a god. That is all.

  74. TheSportsKid 101 says:

    I used to have a dog but she attacked my mom

  75. Popsimates says:

    What’s your opinion on corgis? I might get one when I’m fourteen so I’m really excited even though that’s in 3 years 🙂

  76. ReQCrow says:

    This is how my parents trained me.

  77. foreign forger says:

    Lol I just tried the ear wax thing with my dog, and he loves it, too 😀 It's ridiculously funny!

  78. maga papa says:

    What happened to bear??

  79. Хомяк Великий says:

    Wow you made huge progress in terms of how you talk to the camera. This video was almost uncomfortable to watch

  80. KYLIE MCINTOSH says:

    I wish I could teach my dog to hug but her tiny legs aren't long enough.

  81. Bayougirl78 says:

    I had a blast training my German Shepherd as a pup, they love to be trained. She can sit, shake hands, give high-five, and will even "fist bump" me with her nose, so stinking cute :). I also taught her to "hug" on command, to get her to stop spontaneously jumping up on me on her own. Now she sees it as a command and only does it when she thinks there is a treat possibly involved. Which is a good thing, because she could knock me down these days if I weren't ready for it, lol!

  82. heartbroken lover_0001 says:

    I taught my dog how to play dead now when I do the signal of a gun and I bend my thumb she knows it is play dead so since I always leave a red blanket on the floor she grabs is and places it on top of her literally taking the word play dead to seriously.

    How to teach my dog how to search… Play hide and seek with them it works for me but she finds my food instead of hers.. she ate my Apple! My last apple!

  83. DJ speedywolf says:


  84. Danielle 1244 says:

    You should be able to tell your dog a command and them do the command without a treat or a toy readily available and with many distractions. Most dogs can not do this.

  85. mouse with a gun says:

    Ima use this

  86. HARRY K says:

    Finally we see some more skin.

  87. Luis Manuel Tena says:

    I just realised you are a new addiction out there … Cant help stop watching you.

  88. lpsrocksbutmlpareawesome says:

    Can I do this to my cat

  89. David Blanchard says:

    My mother pampers our dogs to death to the point where my father can't train them properly. How can I fix this?

  90. ily exo says:

    The only command my pup knows is sit and paw 😅

  91. macarena valenzuela says:


  92. C F says:

    Great video! Love your dog! 😍
    Little suggestion: The command "lay" should not be trained with a sitting dog. The dog must be able to lay immediately from a standing position.

  93. Anna Kh says:

    Any cat owners watching the video? 🙂

  94. Emily_ Gross says:

    My lab knows how to give left and right shakes. We never really trained him to do it he just did it on his own.

  95. Tiffany Pérez says:

    Mans best friend 🙋‍♂️🐕

  96. Betsy Soto says:

    Thank you for the tips! My puppy needs to learn stay and heel so I'll be working on that! 😁

  97. Don't Worry be Happy says:

    Doctor Mike binge 2019 🖤

  98. jessica adams says:

    The play dead command is actually useful. As a scenario if Roxy needs to be on her side for a procedure at the vets we could ask her to play dead rather than putting her in a lateral hold.

  99. Kris S says:

    your videos are quite enjoyable and informative 🙂 I became acquainted with your channel through your “reaction” videos lol. Cant sleep. so i am up late learning at random how things are made, then thought i should learn how to train my nephew’s dog (or train myself, as Caesar Milan would say) 🤓. When I saw you had a video, i had to watch! Your fur baby is beautiful. I look forward to more of your videos.

  100. ToxicChugur says:

    My dog knows how to sit, lay down, shake/paw highfive, and fistbump. Im working on getting him to walk with me without a leash and how to speak. (He is blue merle and collie mix)

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