Teach your dog some basic commands
Around 12 weeks of age, your dog is ready for some command training.
The sit command is possibly the easiest command of them all:
To get your dog to lie down, he must first have mastered the sit command:
This useful command will get your dog to stop doing just about anything and come to you:
During the weeks when you’re training your dog to do any of these tricks, if he does an action without your prompting (like if he just happens to walk over to you and sit down), go nuts over his great accomplishment, even though you didn’t ask him to do it. Make a big fuss and gush, “GOOD SPARKY! SIT, SIT! Good boy!” At first, your bewildering actions will confuse your dog and possibly make him fret over your mental state. But because his major goal in life is to please you, he will soon plant his furry butt on the ground (or whatever it is you want them to do), just to get that wonderfully exciting reaction out of you again.
Any time a training session isn’t going well switch to repeating a trick that your dog has already mastered, reward him for following your command properly, and end the session.