Teaching your dog the Down command.

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If you want a well-mannered dog, teaching him to lie down on command, or cue, is a must. This useful skill can help your dog control his impulses and help you control your dog. There are all kinds of things a dog can’t do if he’s lying down—including jumping up, running off, begging at the […]

Teaching your dog the Touch command.

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Teaching your dog to touch her nose to your outstretched hand—is a fun, easy training project, and it proves useful in a variety of situations. For example, after you teach your dog to hand target, you can use this skill to guide her onto a scale at the vet’s office, lead her through doorways when […]

Teaching your dog the Look command.

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The key to the look command is to condition your dog to look away from the distraction to your face if only for an instant. This turning away breaks your dog’s attention from the distraction and can be used in a variety of circumstances including but not limited to on-leash agitation or aggression. With practice, […]

Teaching Your Dog a Sit Command

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All dogs should learn basic obedience, and sitting when told is a particularly useful skill for a dog to master. Sitting on command can be especially beneficial to your dog in greeting situations. In fact, with proper training, your dog can learn that sitting is the best way to encourage people to say hello. Teaching […]

Teaching Your Dog a Drop It Command

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Training your dog to “drop it” means teaching your dog to let go of whatever is in his mouth on command. The release command is very important to teach your dog. It can protect him when he has something dangerous in his mouth, plus it allows you and your dog to safely play games like […]

Teaching Your Dog a Leave It Command

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The Leave It Command is intended to disengage your dogs attention on whatever she is focused on and have her look back towards you to check-in. This simple command can be taught in a relatively short period of time. With some consistent practice you can reliably use the command both in and outside your home. Put […]