A solid foundation for your dog begins with the basics. Knowing Basic Skills has several advantages:
- Your dog develops good manners through learning basic skills.
- Your dog must learn the basic skills before learning more complex skills.
- Basic skills can be used in a multitude of situations.
- Taking your companion in public places will be more enjoyable.
- Your trained dog will be happier. So will you.
The “Wait” Skill
Look, Sit, Stay, Come, and Heel are a great start, but there are other skills that I incorporate into training because of their flexibility in multiple situations. For instance, the “Wait” skill is used as a temporary stay. A few of examples of this skill are:
- “Wait” when opening the car door and before jumping out
- “Wait” before going outside when you open a door
- “Wait” when crossing a street to make sure there are no cars coming.
The “Leave It” Skill
I also love the “Leave It” skill. This skill is usually taught with food or a toy first. Once learned, your dog quickly realizes that it means to leave something alone unless you tell her otherwise. Here are some examples:
- When walking, use “leave it” to cue her to ignore a barking dog or another person.
- Use “leave it” to keep her away from something harmful like a dead animal, toxic plant, or human food.
The Full List of Basic Skills
Here are the other “basic” skills that I recommend with brief explanations.
- Look: Looks at you for direction. Gets her attention if distracted.
- Sit: Sits where told
- Down: Lays down where told
- Wait: Waits in a spot (sitting, lying or standing) until released – Usually temporary
- Stay: Waits in a spot (sitting, lying or standing) until released – Usually longer period of time
- Come: Comes to you when called
- Off: Get down from a person or object, such as furniture
- Leave it: Leaves an object alone. This could be food that is harmful, a toy, etc.
- Heel: Walks nicely beside you with a loose lead.
There are other recommended skills that will make your pup the perfect companion. These are found in the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program and available at Paws for Life, LLC.
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