How To Train A Dog To Do The Commando

How To Train A Dog To Do The Commando

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

A dog that crawls along on his belly is easy to teach even though this looks like a complicated trick.

  1. Ask your dog to lie down and place a treat near the end of his nose.
  2. Slowly move the treat away from him, so that he tries to follow it. It’s important to begin teaching this really slowly as the one thing that you must avoid is your dog getting up from the position of laying down.
  3. Even if your dog moves a tiny distance with his stomach completely on the ground then you can reinforce and reward this action. If he stands up then you are going to quick and must begin again.
  4. Gently increase the speed and distance of the dogs crawl then introduce the command word. Eventually increase the distance by asking your dog to wait in the down position taking a step away and holding a treat on the ground then use the command word to call him.

Top tip; if your dog gets up you have moved on too quickly, go back to the beginning and rebuild the trick

Dog trainers love this trick because it is simple to teach yet looks like a complicated behavior. The dog can then be taught to crawl under things, which is also an extremely cute trick.

Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover and the founder of Success Dogs. For more than a decade, he has served as a coach to thousands of dog owners around the world to better train, communicate and forge a stronger bond with their dog using positive and force-free training methods.