How to Teach a Dog to Crawl

How to Teach a Dog to Crawl
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How to Teach a Dog to Crawl teaches your dog crawl on the ground from the down position. It’s really cool to have your dog looking like a secret agent scooting around on their belly.

Your dog may already crawl across the ground to go under furniture or some other stuff. So the purpose of this trick is to get your dog to do their natural tendency on command.

Learn the DOWN command first, since we’ll start in the down position.


Start with your dog in the down position by giving the “DOWN” command.

At this point you are using your earlier trick of getting your dog on their belly. But, unlike the earlier trick, you do not want to PRAISE and REWARD your dog right now since there is more to go.

When your dog does drop down, they may expect a treat. Don’t give in, just quickly move onto step 2.


With a treat in your hand, slowly move your hand from your dog’s nose, along the ground in front of them.

When they crawl on their belly, say “CRAWL,” PRAISE and REWARD them. Do NOT REWARD them if they stand – Start over.

The goal of this step is for your dog to stay on their belly when the come toward you.

You also want to start associating the “CRAWL” command with this act. 


Now, that they have it when they are following the treat, move back a few feet with a treat on the floor and say “CRAWL”. PRAISE and REWARD successes.

As with step 2, don’t let your dog get the treat if they do NOT crawl. They need to crawl to win the prize!


Don’t give up the treat unless they do a proper crawl. Get to the point where your dog will crawl with just the verbal command.

Of course, you will want to throw in a verbal praise of Good Boy, Good Girl. And it never hurts to give an occasional treat. You just don’t have to do it every time.

We hope you enjoy our How to Teach a Dog to Crawl instructions. Please let us know how we’re doing in the comments below.

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Steve Larrivee

Steve Larrivee

As a dog lover since his youth, Steve Co-Founded Athenas Pets with his son Kevin to promote dog training to the masses. Athenas Pets, focuses on training products and providing the "know-how" so the average dog owner can train their dog like a pro.

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