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Basic Obedience Training

We have identified 28 target behaviors that constitute basic obedience. Fourteen of these behaviors (*) are used to train puppies 8 weeks - 3 months. Dogs 4 months + are trained on all 28 behaviors. Our personalized service options allows us to change the repertoire used to train your pet.

Basic Obedience Training

Whether you have a new puppy and want to start off on the right foot, want to build a strong relationship with the dog you just rescued, or you and your older dog have fallen into some bad habits, we are here to help. Although we tailor our lessons to your preferences, here are some of the concepts and cues (commands) that we like.

1. Name - saying your pet's name to get your their attention, eye contact

2. No - stop an unwanted behavior. ("Enough" is used to stop any behavior)

3. Ok - a command to release the pet to do as they please

4. Potty Training - dog reliably eliminates in a designated area

5. Sit - haunches on the floor/surface

6. Stay - keeps pet in one spot until released

7. Come - brings to the pet to you

8. Down - belly on the floor/surface

9. Off - remove the pet from surface they are on (person, couch, bed, etc.)

10. Easy - used to calm the pet in high energy situations

11. Back - back up, move backwards away from the guardian

12. Out - a command to remove the pet from a room or area (car, kitchen, etc.)

13. Leave It - to leave a highly prized item alone

14. Fetch / Get it - to go retrieve an item

15. Bring - to bring an item to the owner

16. Heel - to walk beside the owner on a loose leash

17. Belly - a command to let your rub your pet's belly

18. On - tells the dog to get onto a specified surface (couch, exam table, etc.)

19. Up - place their paws on your shoulders / chest / stomach / legs (depending on size of dog)

20. Shake - the pet places a paw in your extended hand

21. Speak - bark

22. Place - go to an indicated area and relax there until released

23. Left - the pet turns left

24. Right - the pet turns right

25. (Silent) - the dog has learned to sit whenever the guardian stops during a walk (to greet another person, to pick up waste, or to rest)

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