The most basic of commands, this is one of the first cues taught. Asking a dog to sit ensures a calmer more focused response to the next cue.
Other phrases used are watch, watch me, look. The focus cue provides the owner with their dog’s undivided attention. It is a step by step process that is worth the effort once the cue has been mastered.
Some owners prefer lay, lay down, on the belly. Whatever terminology is used the expectation is pretty clear. Some owners prefer to have their dogs lie down instead of sit.
If not stay other owners use wait or hold. There are dogs that get it and dogs that don’t. Some dogs will hold the cue until released, no matter how long they have to wait. Others will come over and ask if they’re done with the wait.
Occasionally, a negative sound may be used instead of words. Good for dogs that need a little help remembering boundaries. This cue protects slippers, squirrels and the odd stuffed animal. Some owners use it while leash walking to diffuse aggression before it escalates.
For the dog who couldn’t obey the “Leave It” cue. Drop it, should come into play whenever a dog has something in their mouth they aren’t supposed to have.
No more counter surfing allowed! When a dog is on a piece of furniture he isn’t supposed to be on, this useful cue lets him know it’s not okay.
Dogs should move for humans, not the other way around. Dominant personalities will take advantage of an owner who has to walk over or around them. Teaching them to move when asked lets them know who’s in charge.
This is another cue where some dogs get it and some don’t. Consistent training by using the cue every day will retain the prompt, making it easier to recall.
To Your Spot
Some other phrasing may be go, in your hole, or away. A mess needs to be cleaned up, and the dog is curious about it. The dog is stressed, pacing and doesn’t know where to go. Attaching a prompt, basically sending them to their room, helps ease tension for both human and fur baby. Their special spot could be a crate, a bed or even a blanket in front of the dryer. As long as the dog feels secure in his “spot,” this cue is easy and effective.
About Walk’n Dogs – A Dog Care Company | Winter Springs, FL
Rachel has been working in the Pet Care Industry for the last few years and started her career in a local Canine Health & Fitness Center that also incorporated canine hydrotherapy, dog daycare & boarding. While working at Rocky’s Retreat, under the previous ownership of Sherri Cappabianca and Toby Gass, Rachel became certified in canine hydrotherapy and they taught her everything she knows about canine care, hydrotherapy, health and fitness.
Rachel is currently the owner/founder of Dip’n Dogs Canine Hydrotherapy and Walk’n Dogs – A Dog Walking Service in the Orlando, FL area. Dip’n Dogs provides water therapy for dogs with any orthopedic condition, degenerative disease, injury or obesity. Walk’n Dogs provides in-home visits for dog walking, pet sitting, pet taxi and pet errands. Each service is customized to fit each dog and their needs. Rachel caters to Winter Park, Baldwin Park, Maitland, College Park, Casselberry, Winter Springs, Oviedo and Altamonte Springs, FL.
Rachel is also the owner and dog mom to her two beagles, Leo and Lola.