What are the commonly used command words?
What do you recommend teaching beyond sit, stay, down, heel, come? And what specific commands do you use?
I've seen "heel" used to have the dog assume a position to your left, but also used to "initiate" the walk starting off of your left foot. Which is it--position cue or start walking cue?
I have used "leave it" both for ignoring dogs and squirrels, and also for leaving shoes, treats, balls etc. I think I am confusing her, since the actions expected of her are different. Should I use "drop" for dropping balls, shoes, etc.?
Several of you have commented about a super, emergency recall, and a drop-dead stay,one that you save for important things like traffic. What commands? How do you teach these "absolute" commands differently from regular come and stay?
Liesl, b. 1/1/11