What Will My Dog Learn?

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme - Gold Award

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme - Silver Award

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme - Bronze Award

NO - No means no. It is as simple as that.

SIT - Your dog should sit on command.

DOWN - Your dog should lie down on the floor when you use the command word "DOWN".

STAND - From a sit or down position your dog should be be able to "STAND" when instructed to do so.

STAY - Whilst your dog is in the sit or down position make a generic stop shape with your hand and face it towards your dogs face. Now say "STAY" in an assertive tone of voice. It is good to time this skill and try to beat your score each time you practice this command. However, be sure to release the dog from the stay position before the dog loses patience and "breaks". You can use "come" or "OK" commands in order to release your dog.

OK - "OK" is a release command. You can tilt your head to the side and just say "OK" in order for your dog to switch out of any "stay" command. This is also used regularly with food & door control.

COME - Your dog should have a strongly cemented recall command. This is essential for your dogs safety as well as the safety of others.

LEAVE - A "leave" command is such an important tool. Imagine if your dog was about to eat something terrible in a park or field. This could save your dog from being poisoned.

STOP - Again, one of the most important commands your dog will ever learn, what if your dog was running towards oncoming traffic. The "stop" command could save it's life!

WAIT - This command is usually used in the standing position. Facing almost side on to the dog, open your hand with your thumb tucked in to the side of palm, swipe your hand across your dogs path into your hip whilst telling the dog to "WAIT". This command is necessary for exiting buildings, back gardens, vehicles etc. it can also be used for food control.

DOOR CONTROL - Your dog should never leave the house door or garden gate without your say so ("OK"). When going out for a walk your dog should never walk through a door before you. The leader walks first. If your dog does not leave the household boundary without your say so then this means that you have full control of your dog if people, dogs or even cats are in sight when you are about to take a walk, or whatever you might be doing.

MOVE - If your dog is laid down in your way then you should never walk around him/her. This can be a boundary push towards a dominance issue. Your dog should know s/he is blocking your path when you say "move". This is also a good technique to avoid danger when the command is cemented into the dogs obedience. For example, if you are moving hot pans from the stove to the sink. A dog responding to this command could save a serious injury.

LOOSE LEAD WALKING - Your dog should never pull when on the lead, and you should never pull back/choke them on the lead. A little "oi" or lead flick should correct your dog with ease.

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