Name: The dog should look at you and make eye contact when you call the
Go Potty: The dog should look for somewhere to potty and use the bathroom.
Kennel: The command “kennel” is used when telling the dog to get in its kennel and remain in the kennel until released.
Look: The dog should “look” at you.
Touch: The dog should touch the palm of you hand with its nose. This command should be taught with all paws on the ground and should not encourage the dog to jump up.
Sit: The dogs bottom should be on the ground with its front two paws are in front of it.
Down: The dog should be laying on its stomach completely touching the ground.
Stay (Long Term): The dog can be in a sit, stand, or down position and you should walk away from the dogs and walk back without the dog moving.
Stand: The dog should come out of a sit or down position and have all four paws on the ground ready for another command to be issued.
Leave It: This command should be used to when distractions such as food, other animals, people, etc. When you issue the command, the dog should look at you and ignore the distraction.
Shake: The dog should offer its paw when you put your hand down as if to give it a hand shake.
Off: The dog should get “off” of the item it has it’s paws on, whether this may be
furniture, a wall, or a person all 4 paws must be on the ground.
Jump On: The dog should jump on with all four paws on the item. Examples: car, furniture, etc.
Wait (Short Term): The dog should remain in the position until released using the command ‘’Ok’’ or ‘’Here’’.
Heel: The dog should be on the left side of your body and be making eye contact while you are moving.
Side: The dog should be on the right side of your body and be making eye contact while you are moving.
Go In: This command is used to tell a dog to go under a table, furniture, or object. When using it the dog should be in a down position once it goes under the object and the dog’s body should be positioned so that it is out of the way.
Place: This command is used with a blanket or dog bed. When you issue the
command, the dog should go to that blanket or bed and remain on the item with all 4 paws on the item until released using the command “ok” or “here”.
Ok (Realse Word): Used when allowing the dog to move out of a previously issued positioning command such as “wait” or “place”.
Go Through: When approaching a door way or something similar you should pause and tell the dog to “go through” the dog should then walk ahead to the end of the leash and wait for you to move up with them.
Let's Go: The dog should move from the position it is in and walk with you with a loose leash.
Step: First you should ask the dog to “wait” at the base of the stairs and then you should move up one step and then ask the dog to “step” and then should put their front two paws on the same step you are on and then wait for you to take the next step and repeat.
Rest: The dog should come from the side and rest their head on your lap for an
extended period of time.
Here: The dog should come to you and sit in front of you.
Turn: The dog should turn 360 degrees in front of you.
Tug: Using a rope toy entice the dog to tug back away from you. Eventually the dog should be able to be cued to tug on the rope without having to entice them.
Up: The dog should calmly place two front paws up on the thing you are gesturing. This is primarily used on walls or near handicap buttons.
Close: To teach this command use “up” to cue the dog to put both paws on the door. The purpose of this command is to calmly close the door.
Lay On: The dog should come from the side of the body and its paws and head should be laying on your chest.