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01-03-2014 01:18 PM
Blanketback My dogs are my constant companions, so I teach them in a way that seems more like basic English, like giving them direction - instead of calling them either tricks or commands, although both words could apply too:

Dog's name
Go outside
Good pee/poo
Drop it
Leave it
Good boy!
Go in your bed
Lie down
Go get your bone
Get up
Get down
Get off
Hand me
Want food
Want water
Go in the house
Go in the car
Go on
Get dressed
Go home

I use the same words all the time, and I use tone too, so the same phrase can mean a few things. For example, "Go in the house" can mean either we're going in because we're exhausted and need a drink (water, lol) or it can mean the consequences of unwanted behavior. It works as my trump card, so if he's barking at our neighbors and blows off the "quiet" then he'll stop when he hears that one. Same with, "Go in your bed" when "leave it" isn't enough to convince him to stop pestering the cat, who's encouraging him, lol. He also knows the difference between "No" "Hey" "Uh uh" and "Bad." Which is just me conveying my own sense of urgency, like if I see him investigating something on a walk - some things I want him to leave alone immediately in case it's poison, but rabbit droppings are a delicacy I won't freak out over, lol. I talk to him, and he talks back to me. He uses tones too: his high yips vs his sassy lows. Hilarious!
01-03-2014 11:48 AM
Cassidy's Mom Ditto on recall, focus, impulse control, and leave it. You can also teach an "out" (letting go of a toy), and start working on a retrieve if he likes to chase balls.

I love David's post - he makes an important point that when you're training your dog you're not just teaching the dog basic skills, you're also teaching the dog to learn.

Other things I work on with a new puppy are "find it" (look for a treat on the floor), and "touch" (targeting puppy's nose to my palm). Those two, along with my "watch" command are great foundation behaviors for all sorts of other things I'll be working on later.
01-03-2014 10:32 AM
MaggieRoseLee David Winners is right on with his post.

Plus the problem with only teaching 'commands' usually is with US. We get too serious and suck the fun out of training because we are 'commanding' them AND THEY BETTER LISTEN.

Teaching tricks seems to take the pressure off of us as trainers so we keep it fun and the interaction with the dogs are more positive and a partnership the dog wants to eagerly be a part of.

For those who missed (or refuse to read previously click this --> Teaching a trick is the least important part of teaching tricks

01-02-2014 10:57 PM
David Winners
Originally Posted by doggiedad View Post
GSD's don't do tricks. they follow commands.
Wow... so if a BC stands on its front legs, it's a trick, but if a GSD does it, it's a command?

I think that generally, anything outside standard obedience or behaviors associated with a particular dog vocation are considered tricks.

I think tricks are important in that they teach the dog to learn and generalize behaviors. The more they are encouraged to problem solve and engage with the trainer, the better equipped they become to learn.

I agree that you should proof existing behaviors in increasingly distracting environments, but doing the same 4 things 3 times a day in training will get boring really quick. Trick training serves to afford you quality time with the dog while reinforcing the habit of learning behaviors through positive interaction with you.

Typically, the more you teach a dog, the more excited they are to learn something new.

David Winners
01-02-2014 09:25 PM
BryanC Anyone have a good video on teaching to "stay out of certain rooms" and would love to teach "speak" for fun but nothing I do will trigger him to bark. Any suggestions?

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12-29-2013 01:45 PM
doggiedad "stop". stop moving.
12-29-2013 01:42 PM
Originally Posted by BryanC View Post
So far my 6 month old german shepherd can sit, lay, rollover, shake, stay, and give kisses on command. I'd like to add a few more training commands but I'm not sure which ones I should work on. Any suggestions of one's I've not listed?

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Next to the "recall" command, the next important thing that could save your dogs life would be the "leave it" command. As an instructor put it to us one time, this command comes in handy if you drop medication or something dangerous on the floor. The first thing they want to do is get it in their mouths. With a leave it command, it may give you a couple seconds to keep the dog off or to redirect their attention somewhere else and avoid an emergency.

After that, doggydad provided a pretty good list.
12-29-2013 10:21 AM
doggiedad GSD's don't do tricks. they follow commands.

Originally Posted by boomer11 View Post
you forgot the most important and useful command which is recall!

>>>>> instead of adding "tricks"<<<<<

i'd proof the ones he already knows. will he sit outside? will he sit inside petsmart with dogs around? will he sit in strange places? willl he sit at a distance? proofing is important. a dog that sits inside the house doesnt mean it will sit outside with distractions around. of all the "cute" tricks, i like sit pretty and wave the most but those are only useful for picking up girls.
12-29-2013 10:15 AM
doggiedad > "come".
> "heel" (with or without a leash and on
either side).
> "back up".
> "give me your paw" and "other one" (
switch paws).
> "other side". when walking and you want
your dog to switch sides. (on or off leash).
> "find it". hide something and have your dog find it.
> "drop it"
> leave it"
> "go to" (insert name or place).
> "quiet".
> teach him not to door or gate dash. waits
for a command to exit.
> waits for a command to enter and exit the car.
> "bring it here". retrieves something for you.
> waits for you to go up and down steps. this
isn't for leader of the packs rights. it's a safety
issue for me. i don't want to trip my dog on the
steps nor do i want him tripping me.
> no counter or table surfing.
> teach him to stay out of certain rooms.
> hand signals.
> Lead signals or leg signals as i call them.
when i lead off with my left leg my dog stays.
if i lead off with my right leg my dogs heels (walks
with me).
> "go through my legs". i don't really see the need for this
but it's fun.
> "spin". when it's rainy and snowing i lay towels in front
of the doors. my neighbor taught my dog to "spin" on
command on the towels.
> teach him not to walk in the street (don't step off the side walk,
don't step the curb) without a command.

by the time my dog was 3&1/2 yrs old he knew all of the above
plus other things.

your dog is only 6 months old. don't rush training.
if your dog learns 2 things a month that's 24 commands
in 2 years and 24 commands is a lot plus things that
become automatic (no command given).
12-29-2013 09:48 AM
BryanC Thanks for the links

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