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Old 12-26-2013, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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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Old 12-26-2013, 11:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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I agree with boomer recall! Impulse control and focus are good exercises for pups that age. Practice everywhere!
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Well, I disagree with the 'stop training tricks' part above because tons of the more involved 'tricks' are all about impulse control and high criteria

click this --> Teaching a trick is the least important part of teaching tricks

Plus you advanced in these skills? --> Top Training Expectations for Puppies

6 months is also the right age to add all the distractions to 'proof' all the training you THOUGHT was perfect so starting up all those dog classes is a perfect way to continue with the instant guidance and feedback of a good instructor.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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> "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).

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GSD's don't do tricks. they follow commands.

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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.
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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.
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"stop". stop moving.
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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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