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    Down and gentle were two main ones from when they were 3 months old when I was ill.

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    Off the road is a good one that comes in handy.
    I make a habit of teaching as soon as I start walking a pup on a lead. I deliberately walk on the road and say "Off the road" as I step onto the footpath. I do that at least five times per outing.
    After a while it becomes second nature and the dog will do it off lead at any distance from me.

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    The main thing I am trying to teach my dog is "on your bed". She likes to sleep on your bed and we dont want that. She is slowly getting it although she ends up on the floor right next to our bed at the moment.
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    To me, a distance "drop", usually yelled in a rather frantic voice, is the one most important. If a dog can do that, it will never run onto the road to be hit by a car. I lost one dog, who was trying to get to me. That was enough. Since then, I've always worked on the remote drop. You can see the danger, they most usually can't - they only see their loved one and want to get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold-dog View Post
    To me, a distance "drop", usually yelled in a rather frantic voice, is the one most important. If a dog can do that, it will never run onto the road to be hit by a car. I lost one dog, who was trying to get to me. That was enough. Since then, I've always worked on the remote drop. You can see the danger, they most usually can't - they only see their loved one and want to get there.
    thoroughly agree .Theres no better command.Of course its the other way too where the dog is running away from you rather than to you

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    thanks so much for the great advise everyone! I am definately going to work on the remote drop command.

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    I can't say that there is only one "most essential" command in my case. Recall is certainly one of the most important, but there are others just as important as recall.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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    the most essiantial is all round manners, but for me i would have to agree the "wait" and distance drop have been the most usefull.
    Jesse will practicly freeze when told to wait, and watch me like a hawk for further instructions, and if she doesnt get any, will sit and stay there. very, very usefull in many situations.
    Another good one that i didnt train for but use regulary, is "in", the dogs can be anywhere and if told to go in will bolt for the veranda and wait there for me, very handy on a property.
    But my fav is "gimme a kiss"

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    i found this video pretty helpful when it came to training the dogs to do their business outside.
    Most useful command to teach your dog | Rejigg
    what are your thoughts?

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