What Every Dog Should Know
Dogs are not egalitarian. Absolutely, we have a moral, unfortunately in our lands rarely a legal, obligation to meet their needs, but someone has to call the shots, and with dogs that live with us, it’s us.
We have complete control of what our dog wants, have an idea what we want our relationship to be like, and have the rational to set the course.
Once we are clear, we need to explain that do the dog, so that he
knows how his sometimes complex and changing world functions, and what role he
plays in this hairless ape society. And we do that with commands, or cues if you like that word better.
However, there are a number of behaviors that, I think, every dog should know and heed to when cued, because it makes life a whole lot more pleasurable.
Recognize his name and pay attention
Come when called
Walk mannerly on the leash
Hold a position
Stop moving on a halt command
Back up on cue
Leave something/one on command
Release something in his mouth when asked
Depending on the dog, I focus on some more than others, but all my clients receive information and guidance on all of the above - and more,
for example: targeting and touching an outstretched hand.