Cues & Training Tips

Cues

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SIT: Butt and front feet on the ground. Shoulder and hips square.

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DOWN: Lying down on the ground.

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STAY: Remain in place until handler return.

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WAIT: Remain in place until handler gives another cue or instruction.

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HEEL: Walk calmly on a loose leash with the dogs shoulder even with the handler's knee.

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KENNEL: Go into crate or kennel.

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COME: Come to me , from wherever you are

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PLACE: Go to a designated place, bed or mat and remain there until released.

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FREE: Word used to release the dog.

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QUIET: Stop barking

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OFF: Remove yourself

Cues verse Command

I like to use cues when I am training a dog versus command. The reason behind this is that a cue is perceived as an “ask’ that brings with it a promise of reward. Whereas a command give the impression of a possible punishment, the “do it or else” philosophy. We want our dogs to WILLINGLY perform the behaviors we ask of them. By giving clear signal that have positive meaning we will get that on a regular basis.

How to give a Cue

When giving your dog a cue. Say the word just one time and WAIT for the dog to perform the behavior. When we repeat the word several times, we change the cue. For example the cue “sit” become “sit” and the dog will wait until he/she hears the word the appropriate number of times or there is a change in the tone of voice before performing the desired behavior.

Pet Training Tips in Surprise, AZ

Training Tips

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House Training 101

When house training, you want to give the pup plenty of opportunities to potty in the appropriate place to avoid accidents. Using a crate, playpen, baby gate, or just simply closing door is a great way to manage the environment.

Settling Exercise

The Purpose of a settling exercise is to allow the dog and owner to have a non-verbal cue for the dog to lie down and remain settled anywhere you might be. For example going to your favorite coffee house, having lunch on the patio or even to watch the kiddos play sports. It is a great way to communicate the desired behavior without having to constantly manage the dog.

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Crate & Kennel

Crate training, particularly in Peoria, AZ, offers an excellent opportunity to provide your pup with a personal space that promotes a sense of security and well-being. When embarking on dog kennel training in this region, it’s crucial to select a crate that aligns with your dog’s size and comfort needs. The ideal crate should be spacious enough for your pup to lay down, stretch out fully, and still have ample room around them.