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Old 03-30-2014, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Favorite trick/command

I'm sure there is a thread just like this. But I didn't see one. So here goes..

Let's start a simple thread where all you do is post your favorite trick or command and then explain how you teach your dog to do it. It can be anything simple to something more advanced. That way any owner/ handler no matter the skill base can learn something from this.

I'll start,

The "place" command.

Very simple and both my gsd have already picked it up including my 13wk old.
I make Sage sit in front of me and I say "place" and give my hand signal with my right hand in a fist down at my side. Then, with treat in hand I lead her around my right side, behind me and back between my legs and as soon as she gets there I treat. I start over and each time lead her with my treat hand and as she gets better I don't reward her until she sits between my legs and has her eye on me.
I've done this more and more with distractions and it's a great way to call your dog off of something and get them between your legs where you can control them better if necessary or to protect them when off leash.

Let's make this fun and educational!!

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Old 03-30-2014, 07:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I love the front command with either a side or around finish. Park it is up there too. I point tell them to park it and they go chill out.
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This one can be a lifesaver for dogs that have gotten in to something really bad like poison or your brand new expensive shoes.

Also helpful to rein in the dog after Bailiff yells Attack!
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So far at my limited abilities...."perch"...my brother briefly said "if she is supposedly so smart, then have her perch on your arm like a bird".....she 'perches" with her two front legs on your arm if extended at 90 degrees below one's waist...no verbal required. So I told my bro to screw off....see, no problem ! He loves the dog and plans to get a GSD soon.

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My FAV command...Give Me Kisses !
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My favourite tricks are wave and whisper... Hunter tries SO hard to whisper so quietly but sometimes he is just so happy and excited he lets out this big unexpected bark that rattles me. Most of the time he does whisper, and I just love his jaw snapping trick! When he waves... it's just cute. :3

I taught wave by teaching shake a paw first, which I just literally grabbed his paw when I said it and marked it. Then I moved on the wave by saying "wave" and holding my hand out like I wanted his paw, but not letting him put his paw in my hand, and marked it.

For whisper.. I don't remember. :P
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I haven't trained a whole lot yet... but so far my favorite is "stay" or "come"... I do a lot of stuff outdoors and off leash, so those things are lifesavers.
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My favourite tricks are wave and whisper...

I taught wave by teaching shake a paw first, which I just literally grabbed his paw when I said it and marked it. Then I moved on the wave by saying "wave" and holding my hand out like I wanted his paw, but not letting him put his paw in my hand, and marked it.

For whisper.. I don't remember. :P
I liked the idea of waving so much I dedicated a short session today and taught her how to wave. My wife got home and I showed her the new trick....wife loved it...it is a nice little add on.

Thanks for the idea,

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Old 04-29-2014, 02:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Talking Say your prayers

People go nuts with that one. My female is stubborn on putting her head down but she will. My male was real easy.

First thing is you make sure you have treats. I start by making them sit and put their front paws on the chair. I do that on and off throughout the days. I always push the chair in front of them in the beginning. That way they connect chair, trick, treat. Always say as your doing it, say your prayers, say your prayers..Usually as they learn, they either sit in the chair and they put one paw up or try to climb onto the chair. Correct and make sure you put both. As that gets better as you say say your prayers, push their head down. Not mean!! Gently. And say over and over good boy say your prayers.

They will eventually fly to a chair and do it so well. Remember positive reinforcement. You want to attach this trick to happy times..not drama.
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