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    awesome, thanks so much for the suggestions. I love the wait command, we can get Roxy to wait for dinner but that is about it! :P Crazydog, how did you teach your dog the "no" to be wait for further instruction, we were taught to teach no as a way of stopping negative behavior?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkest View Post
    Definitely 'wait' on the one hand, and (to confuse the issue) non-verbal hand signals on the other.

    If ever Rosie was to get out or be out of my control, I need to know that she will be controllable from a distance. 'WAIT' was the first thing she mastered, from 'wait' for dinner, to 'wait' for retrieval, even 'wait' while out walking.

    Then there is the non-verbals.

    For instance, if she happened to get out and be on the other side of a busy road when I found her - I would not risk calling her, I would expect to go to her. An excited dog that has been separated can be a run risk towards their master, so being able to control her by a closed, raised fist as her 'sit' signal is vital.

    By learning these, she is one awesome doglet that I am honoured to slave over, and one who is blessed to have never been tested in a real situation.

    (and the night-time 'pee pee' is also invaluable too!)
    Well put, and right on, no use for perfect recal in the dog is near traffic, I tell mine stay or drop, and that means do it and do not move until given another command

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    Quote Originally Posted by tristanbonhoffer View Post
    awesome, thanks so much for the suggestions. I love the wait command, we can get Roxy to wait for dinner but that is about it! :P Crazydog, how did you teach your dog the "no" to be wait for further instruction, we were taught to teach no as a way of stopping negative behavior?
    I use a very low grump type of noise for no when letting them know I disaprove of what they are doing.
    My OH reakons it's more than just a grump it's the body posture & attidude I have whilst I grump that makes it so affective. What ever it is it works well for me, if I grump they stop that they are doing & look to me.
    A grump wont work at distance so if they are running off or look like chasing something I use a very firm load NO.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    My dogs know their names + come (for recall), wait, stop, drop, and stay.


    like a rolling thunder chasing the wind...

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    Definitely automatic stop and come as well as do your business (toileting)
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Lesley Nelson taught Afghan hounds to come back when called using "classical conditioning". You might want to check out her dvd "really reliable recall", it is possible to train sight hounds to come back on command even if they're chasing a squirrel (is a USA dvd) at the time.

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    My fave one is 'leave it'. It doesn't matter what they have or are about to have, if I say 'leave it' they drop it like it's just scalded their whole face, or they leave it immediately.

    Works for everything, cats, food, poison (not that I have tried that one).

    Another one we are working on is 'Stop' which means freeze exactly where you are. We are gettign their slowly.

    Also another of my faves is "loves"...when I ask for 'loves" they come and give me big cuddles immediately.

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    Ooh, I love your 'Loves" Lala!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkest View Post
    Ooh, I love your 'Loves" Lala!
    Yea me too, it's not really an essential command but it's one of my faves...

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    " get out of it" is a great one for skip.. She know if OH says that she need to get out of the sheep yards.

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