I'll teach you and your dog all the cues you'll need to live in harmony with one another:
- Name - when you say the dog's name, they give you their full attention and come to you for the next activity.
- Sit & Stay - great for greeting, hanging out waiting for the crosswalk, etc.
- Down & Stay - perfect for a nice meal at an outdoor cafe, morning coffee at Starbucks, or just calmly waiting while you talk to someone on a walk.
- Release - the dog is freed from staying in whatever position they were in.
- Come - recall to me no matter what! Required for that off-leash reliable dog we all dream of.
- Place or Mat & Stay - a safety blanket for nervous or reactive dogs, provides a safe framework for the dog to learn impulse control and calmness in any situation.
- Door Manners & Loose-Leash Walking - calmly exit the home and never pull on the leash while you walk together.
- Heel - a focused loose-leash walking, where the dog stays next to you on the left and/or right side and gives you constant eye contact or released. I love using this exercise for hypervigilant dogs, but also required for most obedience-based sports.
- Greeting Politely - the dogs won't jump up on, nip people's clothes, or act fearfully around people.
- Impulse Control AKA Leave It - be able to help your dog painlessly and easily resist temptations; no more counter surfing, begging, or scarfing up undesirables on walks!
- Drop It from your mouth and/or Give It to my hand - if your dog does have something they shouldn't, they can spit it out or give it back to you without a fuss!
- Fetch - brings something back to you, a toy or a needed item for service work.