How to Train Your Dog for Free

You probably already know that I have a soft spot in my heart for dogs. We have three dogs, all of them are very close to me, and I have personally trained two of them. When I got Oscar, my first dog, it was around ten years ago, and I paid a significant amount of money for a dog trainer at the time.

Although I did the most of the practise with him, we did spend a few evenings each week working out with a trainer as well. When we got Sadie and Rudy as rescue dogs a year ago, I was aware that I would have to teach them on my own without any assistance.

This was due to a couple of reasons. First, we reside in a very rural area, which meant that in order to meet with a trainer on a regular basis, we had to drive around 50 miles one way. Secondly, there was the financial burden. Due to the nature of dog’s breed and the magnitude of their size, it was going to cost me several hundred dollars to teach the two of them.

Did you know that some dog trainers charge based on breed and size? Yeah, I didn’t either!

Don’t get me wrong—if you have the means to pay for their services, I do believe that dog trainers offer a great deal of value to their clients. However, if you don’t have enough money to train your with a trainer, you can still (and should still) train your dog yourself.

Can I train my dog on my own?

Training your dog can be a daunting task, especially if you’re a first-time dog owner. While it’s always best to seek professional help if you’re not sure how to go about it, it’s possible to train your dog on your own. With patience, consistency, and the right tools, you can teach your dog basic obedience and even some fun behaviors.

Once you’ve established that your dog is healthy, you can begin to develop a training plan. Start with the basics such as sit, stay, come, and leave it. It’s important to be consistent and patient with your pup. Training may take some time and a lot of repetition, so don’t get discouraged if your dog is not picking up on the commands right away.

DIY Dog Training: How to Train Your Dog For Free

I am a firm believer that all dogs, regardless of how large or small they are, should be trained in basic obedience. They should sit, stay, and come when called, and they should have appropriate leash manners for both their own safety and the safety of others.

As soon as they have reached a level of competence with those instructions, you have the option of moving on to more complex commands.

The majority of these training methods revolve around the use of positive reinforcement. There are a few books that I recommend that don’t just focus on positive reinforcement, but I’ll discuss those in a moment.


Free Dog Training Resources


I like to see dog training techniques in action before I use them so YouTube comes in really handy for this. I am linking you to some of my favorite dog training resources on YouTube!

Zac George’s Training Revolution is my favorite channel for all things dog training.

How to Teach Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

How to Teach Your Dog to Stay

How to Teach Your Dog to Come When Called

Training Positive is another favorite channel.

How to Crate Train Your Dog

How to Start Training Your New Puppy

How to Teach Any Dog Perfect Obedience

Public Library

I adore libraries, and I think that if you are interested in expanding your knowledge while also cutting costs, you should feel the same way I do about them.

Both “The Art of Training A Puppy” and “How to be Your Dog’s Best Friend” are written by the Monks of New Skete, who are also responsible for writing both of my favourite books about dog training. There were a few points in these books that I didn’t completely agree with, so I just chose the advice that was in line with my own personal views on dog training and ignored the rest of the information. This is something that I also do with books on parenting.

There’s a good chance that your local library carries dog-training documentaries on DVD as well. If you still can’t locate what you’re searching for, another option is the inter library loan system, which is available at most libraries.


Helpful tips for dog training

Time plays an important role when you want to teach your dog to stay home alone in a calm manner. Get your dog used to it as soon as possible. If your dog comes home as a puppy, start training him right away. Ideally, take two to four weeks off work for this purpose: your new puppy won’t cope if he moves in on a Friday and you go back to work on Monday.

-Always exercise your dog before a training session.

– When you start teaching a new command do so in a distraction-free area

– Keep training sessions short and practice several times a day.

Familiarize yourself with positive reinforcement techniques. Positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to teach your dog new behaviors. It involves rewarding your pup with treats or verbal praise for doing something you’d like them to do. This encourages them to repeat the behavior and helps to create a strong bond between you and your pup.

When you’re training your pup, it’s important to keep sessions short and fun. If your pup is getting bored or frustrated, take a break. You want your pup to be excited to learn, not overwhelmed or stressed.


I tried to keep this one short and sweet!  I used the techniques above with both a puppy and a full grown dog with great success! Are you training a new puppy or a full grown dog? What are you finding the most challenging? Let me know in the comments below.

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