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 Dog Obedience Commands                                            

Command List

Control Walking- "Lets Walk"  is the command your dog will hear to walk.  During training your dog learns casual walking manners.   Forge ahead, linger behind and sniff around are allowed as long as your dog remains off to your left side and does not pull on the leash. 
Usage:  casual walk throughout your neighborhood.

Heel w/Auto-sit- "Fido Heel" Once given the command to heel your dog will have to maintain a position on your left side, keeping his collar next to your left leg.  If you should change your direction of travel your dog will change his to stay at your side without guidance from the leash.  During the training process we teach your dog to heel past distractions. The Heel Command requires better concentration from your dog then a controlled walk, and keeps your dog safe @ your side.
Usage: Walking in a crowd or around distractions and children

Sit/Stay- "Fido Sit"  This Command when properly taught teaches your dog to sit on the first command.   Once in the Sitting position your dog will hear the command to stay.  Once your dog hears the stay command he must remain sitting until you give him the release command or password.  Our trainers will teach your dog to stay with few distractions.  Once we are certain your dog understands the command then we can ask him to maintain his stay for longer periods of time.  Your dogs first stay will only last 2 seconds, after the training your dog should stay for at least 3 minutes. Your dog should be able to maintain a stay even if he would rather jump on your company.Usage:   In front of food dish, at doorways, veterinarian office and sitting calmly for petting.

Down/Stay- "Fido Down"  This command teaches your dog to lay down.  Just like the stay in sit/stay your dog will wait for you permission before getting up.  You should be able to step over your dog while he is in a down position.  Being told to lay down can make a dog nervous, once your dog sees that downing pleases you, he will accept it better and have a higher degree of trust for you.Usage:  Helps to build trust, assist and gaining leadership and used to calm and relax your dog

Stand/Stay- "Fido Stand"  This command teaches your dog to stand on all fours and stay for grooming, bathing and for the conformation show ring.Usage:   Helps bathing and brushing also used in the show ring.

Come Command- "Fido Come"  This is the most important command your dog will learn.  We teach this command using several different techniques to ensure your dog learns it very well.  When given the command to come your dog should be able to break away from distractions and come directly to you and hold a sit in front of you until given the formal release command.  We like to think of your dogs commands as a game that your dog must play.   His life may depend on how well he does this command.Usage:   call your dog away from danger, used during games and retrieving.

Place Command- "Fido Place"  The most used command we teach.  This command teaches your dog to go to his bed, from anywhere in the home, on command.  Once there he can lay down play with toys or just nap.   This is not  punishment, your dog will see it as his play pen with no walls.   Place is a happy command.  Your dog can learn to place for up to 1-1/2 Hours at a time.Usage:   During dinner, signing for a package and as a calming command.
Emergency Stop- "Fido Down"  This command is possibly one of the hardest to teach.  Your dog learns that even on a full run to stop and drop into the down position when the command is given.  This command is taught in several stages and takes longer then most other commands.Usage:   Control gaining command, To stop your dog from coming to you if something dangerous is in his path.
Emergency Come Command- "Rhythmic whistle blast"  Your voice can only carry for about one city block.  We teach your dog to respond to a rhythmic whistle blast as an emergency come command.  This will allow you call your dog when you are unable to reach him with the sound of your voice.Usage:   Great for hiking, Beach conditions and for lost dogs!.
Doorway Entry- "Wait"  This is an assumed command.  We teach your dog to wait for permission to pass through an open doorway leading  into and out of your home.   Once your dogs understanding is clear you will not have to give a command to cause your dog not to pass through the dog.  He will always assume that he is not to pass unless you give the release command.Usage:   Entry into and out of cars, Great for front door greeting and washing your dogs feet before allowing them to come inside.
Hand Signals- "Visual Cue"  During training our instructors will use a hand signal with each command.  Your dog will learn the commands faster when a unique hand signal is taught for each command.  Usage:   Speeds learning of commands, extends your dogs range to follow commands and teaches your dog to watch you more in anticipation of commands.
Extended Stays- "Stay"  During basic training most dogs learn to stay for a short time frame.  Our extended stays are built upon those shorter stays.  your dog can learn to hold some stays as long a 20 minutes and more.Usage:   During long walks if you stop to speak with a neighbor for 10 minutes your dog can maintain a stay the entire time..
Extended Place- "Place"  Once your dog masters the place command, extended the time he remains there is the next step.  Once training is complete your dog should hold a place for 1 1/2 hours.Usage:  Family game night, Dinner, Movies, Packages at doorway and Anytime you need your dog under control and quite.
Off Leash Techniques- "Loose the leash"  Teaching your dog to respond to all the commands is relatively easy.  However teach him to respond to the commands OFF the leash is a unique challenge.  Our trainers are taught many methods for breaking your dog dependency on the leash.  During the training there are 3 phases of off leash training.  You can choose the level needed for your situation.Usage:   Safety concerns, Handy when playing ball, and allowing your dog to run free at the beach or on hikes.
Return to Heel- "Heel"  When your dog hear the command to heel.  He must come directly to you , turn and sit at your left side.  In a heel sit position.Usage:   Great for getting ready for a walk, putting leash on dog and used in our Protection Training packages.


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