I'm looking to branch out my puppy's training with some new commands besides the sit/stay/etc.....
I'm finding my most useful is the LONG DOWN, where he cannot get up until he is released. Good for being able to get some stuff done!!
I would be interested in hearing some of your other best most useful COMMANDS....not parlor tricks (though those are fun, looking for utility)
Go to your spot (rugs in living areas)
Go to your bed (in room upstairs, handy when we have company and he's getting way too excited)
(BTW, yes he knows the difference between "spot" and "bed")
Go sleep (when he wakes up on "alert" mode and we need to tell him it's OK, we heard it too, but there's nothing to worry about)
I'm sure there's more but that's all I can think of now...
"Climb" or "place"- very similar to go to your spot. I love that command.
"leave it" is a great one.
Wait (for us it means stop for a bit)
on a walk, if he's ahead, he'll stop for me....before going out the door, wait, etc.)
Teach names of rooms in your house. "Go to (name room)"
Teach "where is?" Because I have 7 dogs, this is very useful when it comes time to do a head count and I'm missing one.
"Crate up!" For Flynn only. He's my only crater.
"By me!" Calls dog to heel by my side. Seamus highly responsive to this.
One of my favorites, "Take it to dada". Paddy will soft-mouth just about anything to dad's lap on this command.
Seamus and Flynn
Get the rubbish. LOL
really, though. SU wraps the bottom of Zoe's frozen kong w/a paper towel so that it doesn't leak onto her mat. Well, SU doesn't pick it up, so when I get home, I have Zoe "get the rubbish" She'll pick it up and bring it to me (does not shred it)
Anytime there's paper on the floor, or if I drop my socks, I just say "get it" and she does. Cute, and helpful.
"Help mom" I'm on the floor and need help getting up. This was especially useful when I was suffering from runner's knees.
she'll do a front standing up. I grab under her two front "arms" to hoist myself up. If I'm in another room, all I have to say is "Zoe, help mom" and she'll come to help.
Linda and Zoë, the Umlaut
The command I use more than the usualy stuff is mat. Go to your mat. I change the "mat" and use a blanket instead of the mat sometimes. This is so if I am out I can take the blanket.
Both Kassa and Ernie new the word laundry. This is the place I used for time out. Somewhere not asocciated with bed, crate or mat when they were naughty.
I embellished this and when they picked up forbidden clothes I said take to laundry and dirty sock etc would be dropped in the laundry.
I use side when I want the dog beside me.
I also taught Kassa an emergency signal. NOW. For when I saw danger i.e. a dog looking for a fight, or needed her to come immediately. SIDE NOW and stretched both arms out wide. If I thought she might cross a road it was DROP NOW. and she lay down immediately. I only ever had to use this once, but was so pleased I taught it.
Kassa waiting for me to come home.
"on your bed" (settle)
"here" (come back to me)
"go get your kong"
"go get Cricket's kong"
ummm just go to ur room
go to your lounge. thats about it still working on it
We taught summer the different rooms, there is "mommy's room" and "summer's Room" so when she's not sure where to go to bed at night we tell her which room to go into. Or if her toy is in her room we tell her to go get it from "summer's room"
She knows the difference between her toys so if we want to play with a specific one we tell her to get that one.
"leave it" is a definite
"Wait" sort of like the stay command
"Go Potty" Yes she potty's on demand