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DOG TRAINING - BASIC MANNERS
Every dog should know basic manners. That is what makes them great companions and members of the family. Unfortunately, in many cases we stop teaching a behavior once we think our dogs know it. But do they?
Truly knowing a behavior means:
Dog offers the behavior each time on cue (command).
It happens to the best of us. We ask the dog to sit, and he just walks away.
Dog does not offer the behavior in the absence of the cue.
A great example is teaching the dog to give paw, which he learns fast. He now paws your arms and legs every time you sit down on the couch to watch TV.
The behavior we teach is not offered in response to some other cue.
The dog learns to sit and now offers it every time he wants something. So far, it has been working great for him! “Cookie= sit” in his mind. Now you are trying to teach him something new but half of the time, he still sits and stares at the cookie wondering why this is no longer working.
Dog does not offer some other behavior in response to the cue.
Sometimes, we are not making it easy for our dogs. It happens in large families when different people use different words for one specific behavior. Most commonly, I see it happening to a cue “down”. You are using the word in the meaning of “lie down” but your husband uses it as “get down” off the couch. We can fine-tune it to make sure Fido knows what you are asking for.
In my opinion, below are some of the basic manners every dog should know in addition to the basic cues (sit, down, come, etc.).
- Greet visitors politely without jumping on them or barking at the doorbell
- Wait by the door instead of bolting through
- Lie down on the mat and wait patiently during the family dinner instead of begging
- Walk on a loose leash and wait for you at the intersections so you can cross together
- "Leave it" is a great exercise that can save your dog's life at some point
- Allow to be groomed at the groomers, etc
- We can also get your dog ready for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test