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Teaching Your Puppy English Words

Consistency in language is so important in communicating with our pooches. Can you imagine the confusion we would have if each member of our families spoke a different language? When there is no common language, communication is chaotic and confusing! It’s the same for our pooches. If one person says ‘sit’ and another says ‘sit down’ it creates confusion for your pooch. To prevent this, everyone involved with training and all family members need to be consistent in vocabulary used with your pooch.

This is a recommended list. You can use different commands as long as you’re consistent.
I recommend posting this on your refrigerator as a reference.

We will be teaching the following to your pooch as part of our Training program:

WATCH or LOOK or ATTENTION – Pooch makes eye contact with you. The first step in all training. You can’t teach anything to a pooch that is not paying attention to you.

CHECKING IN – Your pooch should always look at you when you say his name, no matter what he’s doing – this does not necessarily mean he has to come to you, but you should be able to get him to ‘disengage’ from what he is doing to look at you when asked.

SIT – Pooch is in a seated position (will also use this to reinforce NO JUMPING!!)

DOWN – Pooch is in a comfortable lying position with front and rear down.

OFF – This is best for getting off furniture or off humans. People tend to use Down but that is confusing.

STAND – Pooch’s legs are standing and dog holds position. Used for grooming, vet, etc

COME – Used to get your pooch immediately coming directly to you. Say pooch’s name first to get attention. Praise as pooch is coming to you and take collar before rewarding.

LOOSE LEASH WALKING – Informal heel, meaning walk on a loose leash on your left side. It’s very important to NOT let your pooch practice and be rewarded for pulling on leash.

STAY – Used to keep pooch in position until you return to them and release them. You must then use a consistent release word (OK). Always return to the pooch to release.

WAIT – Temporary control of a command such as ‘sit’. Used at doorways, before feeding, in the car, to wait for leash to be put on. Use release word to end Wait.

LEAVE IT – Used to tell pooch to back off of something. This can be garbage on the street, another pooch, person or object. Use as pooch is still ‘thinking about’ object.

DROP IT or GIVE – Used when pooch has something in its mouth that you would like for them to release. It is bad canine etiquette to grab something from a pooch’s mouth, so we teach ‘drop it’ to avoid conflict.

LEADERSHIP – You should ask your pooch to ‘sit for everything’ he wants or needs. Sit and wait for meals, sit and wait for walks, sit and wait before getting out of the car. Sit before you initiate play, petting, affection, etc. Your pooch will be much happier and secure knowing he can depend on you to be his benevolent leader.

Remember that these are just words that have no meaning to your pooch until you teach them.
Your tone of voice when giving commands should be confident and happy.
Reward the behavior you want repeated, ignore the behavior you don’t want

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