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    We came up with 'flop' for the lie down command today. Because she tends to flop down often.

    MAC, I let my first dog off leash prematurely and had no idea how to properly teach recall, so it was a bit of a disaster from the start. Her recall improved but I ended up only being able to recall her if I yelled "Luna, COME!" at the top of my voice. Fortunately I haven't made the same mistake with Banjo and she listens to a soft chirpy "Come" as well as an emergency one.

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    Release words...

    Susan Garrett and Greg Derrett both say students whose dogs release on "Ok" get less training attention from the gurus because when the student handler says "Ok I understand or will do" ... the dog is gone already.

    I use "Go" a lot because it's the most obvious thing to say on an agility start line. But the judges befuddle me (but not the dog) by saying "when you're ready - you may GO" argh. Ready and GO both mean something to my dog - but fortunately she only acts if I say it.

    So I have "Go Play", "Go Sniff" and just "Go". Also for toys, treats and dinner I have "Geddit" and "On Special"

    I have "Give" and "thank you" for her to spit the toy out. "Give" is almost always followed by a "Geddit". "Thank you" usually means give me the ball so I can chuck it again. It sometimes means I'll trade you for this. Tho not always successful when she's got a ball that "pops" cos the pop is way more fun than anything I have to offer. Must make some sardine cookies - sigh.

    "Bed time for dogs" has come to mean exactly that.
    "Shitnapiss" - I am for obvious names.

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    lol, I like 'On special'.

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    'Beloz' it really doesn't matter what word you use for each command or what you want the pup to do. All the word means to the pup is a sound. But the pup must understand what the sound means.

    So all I can suggest that any word for a specific action from your pup - that you would like to use - that you be consistent with it !


    I use treats to lure the pup (regardless of their age) to do what I want the pup to do. Using a lure allows me to get my hand signals correct and the pup learns it and then I start using a word (sound) to reinforce what I want. Yes - getting the hand signals right is important. Definitely makes life easier when your pup gets older - or - if you want to go the 'obedience way'.

    The most important thing is that you work out what the commands are that you want to use - and - then be consistent !

    Riley knows the word No - covers heaps of things that I don't want him to do. So I do not need other words (sounds) to confuse him.

    Most important thing is be consistent !

    My neighbours wonder when I (not my pups) will be finally trained !!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    'Beloz' it really doesn't matter what word you use for each command or what you want the pup to do. All the word means to the pup is a sound. But the pup must understand what the sound means.

    So all I can suggest that any word for a specific action from your pup - that you would like to use - that you be consistent with it !
    lol, Riley, that's exactly what my post was about! I know I can use any word I want, which is why I want to find some cooler ones. I'm a bit fed up with the traditional ones.

    And the reason why we need to change our cue for lie down is that it's broken because of inconsistent use by other people. So if I start using a new one that is less likely to be used with another meaning by other people (of just in conversation) it will be more useful. Like 'Flop!'. Or maybe I can change it to 'Whatever'. Oh, that would be a cool cue! See now I'm going the opposite way, thinking up words I want to use and trying to find an action I can link them to!

    Or I really liked it when my friend told my dog "Respect!" in a real low, gangsta style tone to get her to calm down. It made me laugh and I want to steal it.

    I also want to use "squirrel" as a cue for something because of the movie 'Up'. lol

    My 7yo independently taught our dog hand signals for sit, shake and down. But the down one isn't working either because she confuses it with shake. And I have a hand signal for stay. And the 'spin' one is evolving from the lure action, but we're still practicing that one.

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    Yes - ' Beloz' - I know that is what your post was all about !

    All I was saying is that - work out the words to match the actions you want of your pup - and - then be consistent !



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    I hear what your saying. And i think serial dog owners get to practice with different words over their consequtive dogs, so have this sorted by dog 2 or 3.
    Due to the exact issue you mention, i chose "drop" as lay down. and "off" meaning get off whatever you are on: rug, ute, me etc

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    When we got Meika she was terrified of the word "no", we learnt very quickly that as soon as you said it, she would pee herself from being so scared, the poor girl was obviously abused while that word was used. So now we use "stop" which works fine but it's a bit hard with visitors etc because everybody automatically uses the word "no". We also use the word "give" for releasing something out of the mouth (usually a toy) but I also find that people say "drop" all the time instead, which is our word for laying down so the dogs can get a bit confused sometimes; usually once I explain our 'word system' the people are usually fine (but there are the stupid ones *cough* FIL *cough* that don't pay any attention)

    Molly knows drop which is her normal 'lay down' command but we also have 'play dead', where she sits, rolls quite far back onto her bum/tail and then goes floppy so she falls directly backwards onto her back.. it's hilarous! I will have to get it on video sometime and show you guys. It was great when she first learnt because she thought she was so smart and would just randomly come up to us while we were watching tv or go up to strangers at the park, sit down and then throw herself backwards

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    Quote Originally Posted by grevillea47 View Post
    Drop - for belly on floor
    Down - for 'get your front paws off me' !!
    Up - for getting up on chair or lounge (Misha is low to the ground and I save my old bones by having her on a chair to attach lead etc!)
    Off - for getting off chair or lounge
    Give - for releasing an object (still working on this one )
    Free - for 'do your own thing now' etc

    I realised when we went away for a couple of weeks at Christmas that I use "drop" for Ruby to lay down (in answer to your question Beloz, I use a hand swiping down action for drop), but when we were at the beach with our friends, one of their kids asked if I realised I also use "drop it" for her to give the ball or toy back, no wonder she's confused.

    I use "down" for her to get down if she's excited and jumping up.

    If we're walking and she sees something on the ground and goes to eat it, I use "leave it".

    So I need a new word for her to release the ball/toy ... is this is where I should now introduce a new "squirrel" type word?

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    Sit - Sit
    Go to bed - go to bed
    Wait - wait for food
    go - eat
    Stop - wait for toy
    drop - give me the toy
    off - get down/don't jump up

    Taj is a little house dog, so doesn't know anything else :/ lol
    And most of those he only knows because I say them when he does those things *worst trainer ever*

    Stella is still working on the basics the extent of her learning so far is sit and she's slowly learning to lay down (down)
    Last edited by MimiAzura; 01-12-2013 at 01:19 PM.

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