How to give a command:
FIRST you say the word. THEN, after a one second pause, you will move your body to cause the dog to perform successfully. This way we condition the dog to respond to our command quickly and correctly. If you remain consistent and are reliable with this practice your dog will respond correctly to the verbal command before you can respond physically.
Praise and Rewards are NOT the same.
How to give praise:
Praise means, “I like what you’re doing, keep doing it!” Often times can be rewarded with food, however food must be brought to the dog so that the dog can continue doing the behavior. Most importantly use your emotion to show the dog that it pleases you. This will help cause the dog to feel good, thus making it a desirable behavior to perform.
*There must be different levels of praise. Match the level of praise to the amount of effort your dog is putting into the correct behavior.
How to reward: The reward (food) must be brought to the dog in a way that the dog can continue his behavior (staying in the sit/down/bed) unless he is released to come to the reward.
Remember to move your body immediately AFTER verbalizing the command to cause the dog to perform successfully and condition their response to the verbal cue to be fast, correct, consistent and reliable.
a. Perfect! Come get your reward!
2. Gooood and other encouraging words
a. You’re doing a great job, keep it up!
b. We use this to help encourage the dog to keep going in the right direction, as well as to get them to keep up the good work.
c. If we reward the dog after these markers, we do so by bringing the food TO the dog so that they can maintain the task.
d. IF they break their task to take the food, withhold the food until they go back to doing the task. Then reward. This is NOT a release. They must continue the work in order to obtain the reward.
a. Do not repeat that behavior.
b. Most often this is paired with a correction.
4. Uh-Oh or Nope
a. You’re getting colder. You need to change your behavior, you are moving in the wrong direction.
a. Releases the dog from the command to be free to reengage at his own will.
RELEASE TO REWARD CUES
a. Come get the reward presented
a. Go get your toy reward (not a small fetch style ball or ball on rope)
a. Come take the food presented from my hand, instead of the toy or ball.
a. Go behind me to my other side to get your toy.
b. Go behind me to the magnet ball on my back.
a. Go in the direction I am pointing to find your toy!
a. Take your ball that I am presenting to you instead of the food or tug on the helper or ground.
EXTENDED COMMAND LIST
- Used to get the dog’s attention so you can direct them as desired. This is not to be used as punishment.
2. Come on
- Dog should come directly to the front of you, sit and look up to your face. Tip: backing away from the dog will help encourage them to move into your space with more enthusiasm.
- The rump of the dog should be planted firmly on the ground. The dog is to remain in this position until directed to do otherwise.
- Elbows and rump should be planted firmly onto the ground without exception. Dog should remain firmly into position until directed to do otherwise.
- Dog should go directly to the dog bed, putting all four feet on the bed and remaining there under ALL circumstances without exception until the handler directs the dog to do otherwise.
- To go into crate, kennel run or pen without hesitation and remain there until directed to do otherwise.
- To wait without moving forward.
- Releases the dog from behavior. This is basically a ‘be free to do what you want’ command. Do not reward with food. Praise is allowed and encouraged.
9. Leave It
- Disregard this item. Do not sniff, look, or show interest in this object, being or smell.
10. Drop It
- Let go of the object in your mouth. Leave it alone until you are released to engage the object again.
11. Give (to the hand)
- Bring the object to my hand and let go. If I accidentally drop it, please bring it to my hand again.
- To go a bit more slowly and carefully.
- To go ahead
- To get up onto an object with all four of your feet.
- To get down off of object, with all four feet.
16. Say Hello
- To go forward and greet.
- To back up with all four feet.
- To move forward, closer to your handler or to the reward.
- To jump over obstacle, preferably without touching it with your feet.
20. Leash (Fix The Paw)
- Lift your foot that the leash is touching so it will no longer be looped under your leg.
- Show me your belly for rubs
- Stand on all fours in a standard standing position
- Informal down command. A relaxed hip is preferred.
24. Here Vs Come
- Here- Come straight to me with speed and dedication and sit front with eye contact and precision.
- Come On- Come to me in my direction and stay at my front or side.
25. Heel Vs Side
- Heel- stay on my left, your shoulder by my knee
- Side or RIght Here- stay on my right, your shoulder by my knee
26. Hurry/Get Busy/Go Potty
- Go pee
27. Go poo
- Go poop
- To follow behind, normally thru tight quarters, without pushing or shoving.
29. Go Around
- To go around an object and back to me
30. Watch Out/Move
- Move out of the way as I am moving into your space and it may be happening quickly.
- Take the presented item into your mouth
- To hold the object in your mouth calmly and quietly
- Go under the object
- To put your head thru the collar or leash
35. Load Up
- To go into the crate, car, object
36. Double Time
- To run faster
- To touch your nose to the directed object
- To put only your front feet on an elevated object
39. On your mark
- To go to a place marker and await another cue
- To put your head and/or front feet onto my lap
- To bring object to handler by holding in mouth
- To fix your position, usually the down needs to have the hip more under the dog instead of relaxed at the side.
- To find the dropped food on the ground
44. Get it
- To go get the tossed food or toy
45. Put away
- To put object into basket or box
46. Sit pretty
- To sit on bottom with front feet in air
47. Hug it
- To sit on bottom with front leg or legs holding object
- To circle to the left, counter clockwise
- To circle to the right, clockwise
50. High five
- To touch paw to hand up high
- Front legs and elbows on the ground with hip in the air and back legs standing
52. Play dead
- To lay still on side or back without moving
53. Roll over
- To lay down and roll from one side to the other
- To spin in a circle, this is usually for a dog that knows only one direction
- To weave thru poles
- To weave thru legs
- To go thru tunnel
- To lay down and move forward while staying in the down position
- To go forward, but very slowly
- To nudge or push an item with your nose
- To shake your whole body, as if to shake off water
- To give your foot to the hand
- To go from running to the left to running to the right
- To lay your chin down on the ground or on the closest object (like a presented hand)
65. Be Still
- To not move a muscle
Bed Stay - A boundary stay where your dog can stand, sit, lay down and chew a bone, but is not allowed off the bed until the “ok” command.