Common Language for Training
Words that your puppy is familiar with:
KENNEL UP: Go into the crate/kennel/playpen
GO POTTY: Go to the bathroom
COME: Come to person
SIT: Bottom on the floor
Next level commands for your puppy:
OFF: Take paws or body off of something
DOWN: Lay down on the floor
WHOA: Slow down
WAIT: Hold position until released
STAY: Remain in sit/down position until released
The use of common language for all members of your household is essential for your puppy to learn and advance. Command words should be simple and clear. Never use more than one command word for the same action. For instance, if one family member is training the puppy to “Down” (lay down) while another family member is commanding them “Down” (get off the couch) the puppy will easily become confused. If you have a large family, as we do, family meetings are often necessary to orient everyone to the command words that the puppy is currently learning.
We also train all of our dogs and highly recommend training to both voice and hand commands. Below are a few examples:
SIT: Owner points index finger straight up into the air
DOWN: Owner points index down to the ground
COME: Sweeping motion with open hand from owners side to chest
STAY: Open hand, fingers together
We recommend starting all puppies with both hand and voice command, as they grow you can use them interchangeably. Training to hand commands once saved my dogs life. You never know when your training will pay off more than you ever expected!
REMEMBER: Training should always be fun! Every interaction you have with your puppy, they are learning. Be cautious of what bad habits you may unintentionally be enforcing as well as being consistent with the good habits, like waiting to go through a doorway after you. Taking just five minutes once or twice a day to actively train with your new puppy will pay off in dividends later in life. As your puppy grows the training times can become longer, but we rarely work even our most seasoned dogs for more than 15 minutes in a session.
I am the owner of Prodigy Farms and only second to the love for my dogs, is my love for educating dog owners on canine care and behavior. I am the stay at home mom of three amazing boys that are active in the rearing of our puppies. With a background in nursing and years spent competing in the dog world, I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve that I like to share with others here. So welcome to my blog, I hope that you are blessed by your visit and will find tools and information here that will enable you to raise and train a happy healthy dog to create a lifetime of joy with!