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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2015, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Separate Commands for home and training

I just joined a new club. One of the members there was telling me I should have one set of commands for when training (platz, Sitz etc) and another set of commands to use at home (down, sit). Does anyone currently do this? I have been using the German commands with my dog for over a year now at home and in training so I am afraid I will just be creating confusion at this point. Any input would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-23-2015, 05:51 PM
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Yes I use separate commands on the filed from the home. I do this since on the field I demand precision when I say a training command. Whereas at home he can be a goof and not have the same precision for ob. After all most of the time when I need him to do something at home it is likely go relax somewhere for a bit.
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I personally stay consistent with the commands no matter where we are. If I'm giving a command in training or at home I expect it to be done. Once they are solid in obedience, adding different names to commands should not be an issue.

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I separate sport commands from pet commands because sport commands carry expectation of reward or further action in a way that causes the dog to be ready to burst into further action. Pet commands don't carry that and the dog does them in a relaxed informal way. I don't enforce my pet commands as strictly either, I'll maybe bug them into compliance with a pet command vs strict enforcement of sport commands that need to be as close to 100% as possible.
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Same for me as what Baillif posted...and I don't want my family messing up my training program with inconsistency. I do that enough on my own!

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I don't have separate commands for most things (sit, platz, steh, wait, aus....all mean the same thing everywhere), but I don't let other people use most of my commands with my dogs and there are some commands I don't use (like I don't say "fuss" when I'm walking my dogs around the block).
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I don't really have separate commands for on the field or off... In the 6 years I've been training and competing it's never been an issue for me.. Same as family members telling my dogs what to do..

Outside of the field and around the house, I use a "chill" command, which is my version of a down and relax, "come" and a "lets go" for walking.. And I wouldn't say that these are for off the field only because I do incorporate them into my training..

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Gunther is strictly a pet/family member (at least in my eyes) so my input may not be wanted or needed, but I also can relate to what was said previously. I give Gunther the English commands all the time. But there comes a point where in his excitement, whether it's because he's wound up or just so focused on a toy, that I will give a German command. I taught him everything in English first so he knows that's informal. Once I give the German command he obeys immediately without hesitation. I think once you have one or the other set you can incorporate the other without issues. Where and how you choose to use them is up to you.

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I separate sport commands from pet commands because sport commands carry expectation of reward or further action in a way that causes the dog to be ready to burst into further action. Pet commands don't carry that and the dog does them in a relaxed informal way. I don't enforce my pet commands as strictly either, I'll maybe bug them into compliance with a pet command vs strict enforcement of sport commands that need to be as close to 100% as possible.
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we have formal and informal commands but have decided that we still use the sport commands at home. When we give "Fuss" I expect him to be near me and look at me, not the school bus or the cat or the other dog. I generally don't walk down the street for more than a few paces with a fuss, though. For that I use the casual "come along", it is more of a loose leash command.

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