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What commands does your dog know?

I would like to know: how old is your GSD and what commands do they know?

I am asking so I get a general idea of common and not-so-common things people train their dogs to do.

I know I want to train my GSD to do a lot of things (when I get him) because 1) he needs a job and 2) he is big and needs to be controllable.

As a point of reference, my 8 pound, 11 year old mix dog knows:
sit
stay
come
speak
howl
shake (shake hands)
get it
get down (off furniture)
up (onto furniture)
fetch
get your fetchy (go find it and bring it to me)
get the kitty (to play)
no
go out (out his dog door)

That's all.

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Re: What commands does your dog know?

I won't go thru all of the commands my kids (ages 6 months and 1 year) know. I'll just give you a few suggestions that I find really useful in every day handling.

Wait (which is different than stay)
Stand
Back-up
Go to your crate (however you word it)
Lie on your side (however you word it. Very useful at the vet's office)
In and out commands for the car
Heel (however you word it)
Potty (on command)
Take (item)
Drop (item -- drop it on ground)
Give (item--put it in my hand)
Hold (item)
Find (item)
Get (item)
Leave it
Gentle.
Under (go under the table)
Target (touch my hand with his nose. so when you want to move your dog, instead of using the leash or physically moving him, you just tell him to Target, then you move your hand).
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Re: What commands does your dog know?

My dogs know the standard commands, but one I don't see listed is what I call "oot-da-room" which means get out of the room. It is particularly useful when I'm exercising in a room I have set aside for that, and I don't want the dogs running underfoot. It also works if they come into the bathroom and I'd like them to leave the room, etc.

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Re: What commands does your dog know?

sit, stay, lay down, come, wait or stop, verbally
or with hand signals. <
carry this, take this, "here Loki" as i hand him something. <
"go to Rosie", sending him to my GF, indoors or outdoors. <
family hug, walks between when we're hugging. <
get down or off, when i want him off the furniture. <
go to the car, i open the front door of the house and he goes and jumps in the car and lays down. <
find it, i hide something then send hm after it. <
go to the bathroom, when i need him to go quickly. <
go to your bed. <
give me your paw, the other one. <
up, onto funiture. <
go to your chair. <
get the mail (takes the mail from mail person
and brings it to us). <
get your leash. <
heels, left or right side or walks between
my GF and i when we're walking side by side. <

when we're holding hands
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Re: What commands does your dog know?

not enough! lol
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Re: What commands does your dog know?

One thing I think is not emphasized enough (or at all) in the obedience classes we've been to, is that the "commands" are actually tools for good and peaceful living with our dogs. They are the basics - Sit, Down, Stand, Come, Stay, etc. For those who are not going on to showing or dog sports and might not learn this, these basics morph into "what we do when..." and how the dog can participate in different scenarios. (Not suggesting you don't do this - just commenting that it seems not stressed enough in classes - and it was definitely not a concept that was obvious to me in the beginning)

This can be different for each dog based on their individual inclinations. As an example, Luther wants to be right in there with me no matter what I'm doing. It's not just annoying - but downright dangerous - to have him snuggled up behind me in our tiny kitchen as I do the dishes. Otto is no problem at all in that regard. So - using the basic tools, I took Luther to a place off to the side where he can watch from a safe distance and put him in a down-stay. I periodically tell him what a good boy he is - and don't laugh - but actually thank him for his help. This became the command, "Go to your place" as well as one of Luther's jobs, which he takes very seriously. Today, no matter what else is going on, if I go in the kitchen to do something, Luther is there lying down in his place, unprompted, regularly appreciated/thanked and looking very important.

This doesn't happen overnight, for sure, and it takes time, work and a lot of thought. We are still working on a lot of stuff, but in the end, the goal would be to have a dog that is controllable and safe because he has a firm grasp of the basic tools, wants to find the right thing to do in different situations - and is satisfied because he has a lot of jobs throughout each day.

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Re: What commands does your dog know?

do you think that's alot? i think what my dog does is basic training. there's dogs on this forum that do far more things than my dog does and more complicated things.

then there's the things my dog does without any
commands.

doesn't walk on the neighbors lawns when off leash. <
doesn't leave the house when the doors are propped
open. <
doesn't exit car without an ok. <
doesn't go into the bathroom. i can put food
on the toilet lid and it's there when we come home. <
doesn't approach people or other animals when we're
on the trails without an ok. <

i'm probably missing something.

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Originally Posted By: dresdennot enough! lol
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Re: What commands does your dog know?

besides the normal, sit, down, place, stay, heel etc......one of my favorits is

"take "insert name" the phone" We used to live in a multi-story house and phones got lost all the time, I would just hand the phone to Ava and tell her who to take it to.

She will "find" toys by name.

jump, watch, touch, "in the house" ummmm I will have to think of some others.

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Re: What commands does your dog know?

Kenya:
sit
platz
drop (moving down or distance down)
halt (moving stand)
front (front sit)
finish (right finish)
swing (left finish)
get in (left pivot)
back (heel backward)
jump/over
push the button
shake
up (paws up on my chest)
heel/fuss
here (recall)
stay
wait
load (load in the car)
kennel (go in the crate)
go potty
get back (back up, personal space, don't crowd!)
off


Nikon:
sit
platz
steh (moving stand)
hier (recall)
fuss/heel
come along (informal heel/loose leash walk)
get in (left flip finish)
fuss (right finish)
pass auf (alert and bark)
revier (bark and hold)
packen (attack bite)
aus (out)
search (track)
bring (retrieve)
jump
kennel (get in the crate)
go to bed (get in the crate in the bedroom)
stay
wait
shake/pound it
bang! (play dead)
roll over
speak
whisper (he snaps his mouth like a bark but no sound comes out)
touch (jump up and touch nose to my hand)
look (hold eye contact with me)

We're working on crawling and weave (weaving through my legs as I walk).
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Re: What commands does your dog know?

Anna has:

sit
lay
touch (high five with paw)
nose (touch with nose)
up
down
no bite
easy (take easy)
wait
kisses
round (walk around me and sit on my left side)
circle (shes goes in a circle)
off (furniture)
go potty
stop (when on leash)
watch me
out (of room)
place (go lay on your pimp mat)
shake
Let's go (come/we're leaving)
Ride (get in car)
bed (go to bed)
leave it
drop it
go find ____ (daddy, cuz, etc)

And yesterday we learned "bang" or lay on side and play dead! DH loves this one!


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