Basic Commands Week 1
In week 1, we are going to focus on some basic commands for all dogs. The Look and Find It commands are particularly important for Reactive Dogs but every dog should know them. The Look command can also be subbed with the Name Game as the goal of both commands is to get your dog to make eye-contact and focus on you.
Watch each video and practice in short (5-10 minute) sessions at least twice a day. Record one of your sessions and watch it. Critique your technique and watch your dog’s reactions. What can you do to improve. If you are struggling with a command, record it and send it to us, we will be happy to watch and provide suggestions.
Four on the Floor Part 1
Is your dog jumping? Use this technique to teach your dog an alternative reaction to greeting people.
Proofing the Sit and Release Command
Most dogs almost automatically sit especially when a treat is present. However, many dogs don’t hold the sit until they are released. This is a great technique to teach your dog to sit and hold until you release them.
The Down Command can start from two different starting positions: sit or stand. Some dogs have a preference or one is easier than the other. It is good to try both. One may be more successful than the other. If the dog will do both, it is fun to vary it and practice from both start positions.
Teaching the Look and Find It Commands
If you have a Reactive dog, you have learned these commands but they are useful in so many situations. These are commands every dog can use in those situations where they are too focused on another dog, person or object like a skateboard or squirrel. The Find It command is a fun command to teach a dog on a walk to get them to engage their nose and search.