Training Aids are just that, aids to enhance training. It’s important to find the training aid that works best for both you and your dog. We have many aids available to try, so just ask! Praise is the most effective training aid; praise your dog frequently and enthusiastically for any good behavior. It’s also important to find training theories and methods that work for you and your dog.
Note: Some commands may be used in conjunction with a dog’s name. For those commands, we’ve inserted “Fido” where the name should be used. While most commands should only be given once, there are a few that can be repeated and are called “continual commands.” Meaning: These are commands that include continual motion or non-motion and these commands are: Heel, Come and Stay. The important thing to remember is that these commands can ONLY be repeated while the dog has already begun and/or is in process of doing the command. Those commands are stay, come and heel.
Fido Heel: Dog walks on your left side with his shoulders parallel to your left leg. Always take off on your left foot when you want your dog to walk with you and take off on your right when you want him to remain where he is. Heel means to walk on your left side without pulling, no matter in what direction you are going, whether you turn or stop.
Walk Nice: Your dog can walk out of the heel position, but may not pull on the leash.
Fido Come: Your dog comes to you-directly to you when you ask. Always use a happy voice and never call your dog to you for an unpleasant reason. There are several “finishes” to this command which we will learn in class.
Down: Your dog lays down. Do not use down in other commands such as “lay down”, “sit down” or to tell him to stop jumping as the commands are too similar and may confuse him. Also practice downs from sitting and standing positions.
Sit: Your dogs sits. Be sure to reinforce the sit and not allow your dog to always slide into a down position. You can also reinforce automatic sits when you stop walking.
Stay: This means freeze and don’t move until I tell you! If your dog moves from his original position, you need to put him back in that position without repeating the original positional command (sit or down), then give the “stay” command to remind him what he was doing. With this command you will need a release word, to let them know the “Stay” is over. I personally use “all done” as it isn’t something that can be said in normal conversation. A Stay in NEVER broken until the release word is given and NEVER give a stay command you can’t enforce (ie: tell your dog to stay then leave the house- see “Wait”)
Wait: This means “don’t follow me.” For instance, I’m going outside and I don’t want my dog to follow me. Also used when you can’t enforce a “stay” command.
Off: Used to tell your dog not to jump up- on you, the counter, the sofa, etc. Not to be confused with “down.”
Leave It: Used to tell your dog to leave something alone: my yummy food, the kid who’s calling him or the cat that just ran by.
Go under: This means to go under a desk or table at which you are sitting and lay down or to crawl under or through an obstacle course item (like a chair, tunnel, etc.)
Load Up: This command is used to tell your dog it is okay to jump on something like the sofa, bed, getting into the car, etc. This is very handy at the vet’s office when they need to examine or weight your dog.
Go Get It: This can be used to tell your dog to go get something specific- toy, bone, ball. If your dog knows names of toys, “it” can be replaced with that name.
Tug: To tell your dog when it’s appropriate to play tug with a specified toy. “Leave It” and “Give It” can be used in conjunction to tell your dog when the game is over and to let go of the toy.
Kennel: This can be used to tell your dog when you’d like him to enter the crate.
Give It: If your dog should pick up something he’s not supposed to have, this is a command that can be used to tell him to give it to you. This can also be used in play when you want the toy or ball.
Look At Me: To get your dog’s attention without enticing him to move from a position.
Back: To have your dog back up out of your way or to drop behind you while walking in a tight space.
Do your business: This is the command to tell your dog to go to the bathroom. This lets him know “go now if you have to.”