My dog is trained, Now what?

So you have gotten your dog obedience trained.  What do you do now?  Many people get their dogs trained and then seem to forget that they can apply the training in many different ways.  Sure now you can go for your regular walks without getting your shoulder ripped out when you pass by another dog walking. And your dog does not obsessively jump on you and your family.  But what about all those other commands??  At Aim High K9 we added a place command to our basic package.  We believe the place is an extremely useful command.  The place is simply a bed, blanket, or cot that you point to and tell them “place” .  They are to remain there untill you release them from the place.    So here are a few times you can use your place command to really get the best out of it.

1. When you are preparing dinner, have them on a place across the kitchen

2. When you are cleaning the house put them on their place.

3.  When company comes over.

4.  When having a large family dinner.

5.  When changing the baby.

6.  When the doorbell rings and it’s the UPS guy.

7.  When traveling or staying at a friends house or hotel.

8.  When doing laundry.

9.  When watching tv.

10.  When another dog is visiting.

11.  If your dog likes to chew on things when you are not paying attention, you can put them on a place in the same room as you with a toy they can chew.

Another command that seems to be under utilized is the come command.  We teach dogs either an on leash come command or an off leash recall.  Lots of dogs will do well with an on leash command and transition to an off leash come.  But some are a little more stubborn and need the extra insurance of a solid off leash recall.  There are the obvious times you can use the recall.  If you don’t have a fenced in yard you can use it, or if you like to take your dog to the park or out hiking.  But there are other times that a come command can be very useful.

1.  Say you use a crate for your dog and you have a routine in the morning when getting ready for work.  Your dog learns your routine and knows when it is time to get in the crate before you leave.  Instead of chasing them around the house or trying to lure them into the crate with treats you can use your recall to just call them to you while you are standing outside their crate.

2.  If you have a dog that likes to counter surf and you are in the living room and they go into the kitchen while you are watching a movie.  You think they may be trying to get into something.  You can use your recall to call them back into the room with you to keep them from getting into trouble.  Then you can put them on a place 🙂

3.  If you travel with your dog and friends or family do not have a fenced in yard your dog can still have the freedom to run and play in a strange place.

4.  When the doorbell rings unexpectadly and your dog runs to the door barking.  They have done their job of letting the person on the other side of the door know a dog lives here.  You can instead of going to the door and trying to open it with your dog right there. Or trying to pull them away from the door you can recall them to you and then put them in a stay or on a place.

5.  If your dog likes to take things from around the house and play “catch me if you can” while they have something in their mouth you can use the recall to get them to come to you and then drop whatever it is they have before they destroy it or get hurt.

6.  If you enjoy going to the dog park and letting your dog run and exercise with other dogs, but when it is time to go home they are still running and playing you can use the recall to get them back to you to put their leash on.

These are just a few examples of ways you can use some obedience in your everyday life.  Overall having your dog trained makes it easier to get along with them and communicate with them.  Now you can enjoy time with your dog!!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Phyllis
    Feb 18, 2012 @ 19:35:22

    Good info….


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