Yes, they can learn this. Sled dogs learn Gee and Haw. Silvia Trkman uses Cip and Cap with her agility dogs so they know which way to go after a jump. The words are short and distinct because of the fast pace of agility. I was at a Rally trial yesterday and one woman taught her dogs right and left for the different Rally signs. Now she just needs to teach the dog to read the signs for her!
I'm not so sophisticated, I use "Get In" for left turns, and "This way" for right turns. But my dog knows what I mean.
I just remembered that some people who scooter with their dogs use Left and Right instead of Gee and Haw. A sled dog sight would have detailed training instructions. I've read them in the past, but don't remember all the details.
Last edited by BlackPuppy; 08-21-2010 at 07:11 PM.