Odd commands you've taught your dog(s)

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  1. Tenebrion

    Tenebrion New Member

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    our friends think i've been a mean, strict "parent" with Brutus.
    Not that i actually care... Ive never hurt him so i know im not totally horrible

    Rules have always come first, but he knows i love him.

    They think im odd for teaching him certain commands.. I'd like to know, commands you've taught your "kid(s)" that others find funky.


    Mine are

    "Kennel up" - Go into the kennel until i say "come out" which, even with the door open, he wont come out will i pat my leg or say "ok come on out baby"

    Not so weird but others find it mean... I make him Lay down before he gets food or goes outside or comes back in. He knows this by heart now and doesn't care...

    He never responds to whistles which people do a lot while on walks to get his attention. He only responds to me patting my leg or saying "come on" or "brute!"

    "Uh Uh" in a sharp tone he knows this means not to continue what he's doing, it's not a "NO" but he knows that as well. This is more of "get out of it."

    "Out" This command, in any tone, makes him leave the area he's in and sit down or wander to my side. I use it a lot when im cooking and he tries to get into the stove for the food. He knows it well and listens to it very well.

    "Brutus Eat" is his command to get his food. After getting in a lay position i say that after feeling satisfied he's down far enough.. cause sometimes he tries to do that kinda down looking pose.

    He knows "nom nom" mean feeding time and "wa wa" means drink Other than those, i can't say anything ive taught him is "odd" by any measure

    aside from the fact that all commands i taught him are known in either a shout or whisper with "please" added on.

    How about you?
     
  2. colliewog

    colliewog Collies&Terriers, Oh My!

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    In my house, there are 2 stages of "down" -

    Down - immediate drop, for obedience work
    Go Lay Down - get out of my face and go lay down somewhere. I guess the key words are "Go" and "Lay" because I get a very quick response from my Down command, but Go Lay Down equals a sauntering off to find a comfy spot.

    Then there's the every faithful "Mine" which I taught in conjunction with Leave It. If it's where I can touch it, I use "Mine", if it's further away I use "Leave it". Both work, so I guess they're just increasing their vocab. :)
     
  3. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    Clean my squirrel is one i bet no one else is saying but Belle Pepper is quite the little mother and i sure appriciate her help. Somethings are just darn hard to imitate and a washcloth or paper towel just doesn't always do the job so good.
     
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    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    Tenebrion, I have a lot of similar ones that you have.

    And everyone thinks I'm cruel because I crate up Bamm because crates are absolutely inhumane you know... and they also think I'm cruel because I make him wait for his food, wait to go outside or come inside, wait to go up or down stairs until I give the ok, etc... honestly... he doesn't seem to care one way or the other
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    Good for you.. on the wait. VIrgo has figured out in the last half hour that she isnt' going to dodge past me on the door and i MEAN IT!
     
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    Tenebrion New Member

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    :rofl1: I like it when they finally realize we mean business, brute gave the dog sigh the first time he finally got it, as if he knew i was determined to win the battle of the brains.

    That was the exact reason i taught him the wait thing as one of the first commands. I was so scared he'd see something outside and just fly out the door. I couldn't imagine him getting hurt or in a tussle with something/someone.
     
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    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    The wait command had proven to be amazing for Bamm. He has gotten to the point where I don't always have to say wait... he just automatically waits until I give him the OK. I have a rule that when we are going in and out of doors I go through first and he stays behind until I say he can come.
     
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    Oh i know, Brutes kennel is his happy spot, but our friends who have i guess two boxers and a mastiff feel their garage is a better home than putting them in kennels. Brute is told to "kennel up" whenever someone comes over or whenever we're going to eat. If he does something he knows is a no no.. he actually kennels himself up. Some days he'll do it, and forget because he fell asleep in there after 10 minutes. Once he's woken up he can't remember if he was put in there or not.

    The whole reason i make him wait for food is i don't want him eating anything i or the fiance drop or anyone gives him. It works wonders as well. He actually doesn't eat unless i look back after saying "Brutus eat" and say "go ahead, eat"

    I think Brute is more relaxed knowing there's a rule for most things instead of having to wonder if he's doing the right thing or not. But that's just my opinion.
     
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    Yea, i have to say, as for the wait command, i don't have to say anything, he knows he must be down and unless i say "go outside, or come on" he can't go anywhere.. It's an amazingly convenient rule for us. With him being so active and such a bit chase hog, i like knowing he wont take off unless i know the coast is clear or everything is secure.
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    Exactly. IT is one of the most important commands i can think of.
     
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    i use "go to jail" as my dogs' kennel command. because i think it's hilarious.

    i am, it would seem, easily amused.
     
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    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    LOL.

    I use "go to bed" as the kennel command. We're working on being able to go put himself in the kennel from anywhere in the house.
     
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    Ilsa and Ronin know "Find the Car" - comes in handy with big parking lots!
     
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    maple Queen of the Jungle

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    Bosco likes to thrust himself in my face, or push up against me for attention so I taught him back. He was so pushy and annoying when we first got him :D Now i tell him back when i'm kicking his ball for him since he's been known to grab my foot instead of the ball if he's too close. OUCH!
    We often sit on the couch to eat and he'll get nosy, but if i say eating, he'll go to his bed and dream about the bits that drop -which he isn't allowed to pounce on until i tell him 'ok'.
    Wait also means to generally stop what your doing and look at me for further 'instruction'
    I can also tell them to go and get me different toys (like their wubba, or their ball, or their cuz) and they'll bring it to me LOL!
    Down also means STOP and DROP. Immediately.
    Bed or Matt means for them to go hit their beds (or matt/towel if we're away from home) and stay there until i say otherwise.....which they usually do, about 90% of the time. Kona thinks the rules are there for Bosco and not her, so sometimes if she thinks she's done with her bed she'll try to sneak off -eye contact and she'll go back.
     
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    maple Queen of the Jungle

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    oh, and if i tell them to 'hurry up and pee' they'll sniff around and pee.....came in handy when it was like minus a thousand degrees out and i was living in an apt (with just kona at the time) :D
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    My crate cue is "in your house"

    Kaiden and Dekka both pee on cue, with Kaiden it can actually be a reward.

    Most unusual cue is Dekka's 'book, and read' cue. She opens a book, flips pages, then 'reads'
     
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    If I have Django's dish in my hand he will sit at the top of the stairs so I can take his collar off. Once I do that I ask "Who wants dinners?" and he will run down into his crate and wait for his dinner to arrive. He actually taught himself that one, I just put the cue to it. Also if you hold out his martingale and say "collar" he will snake his head into it.
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    I need video...and pictures. That's adorable!
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    Here is Dekka studying physics

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    here is a short loop of her turning a page in my Forensic DNA text

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    ohh and how is the for weird my dog will retrieve hot dog wieners un eaten (but I didn't train that specifically)

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    noludoru Bored Now.

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    You know, I bet we could use wait and sit to teach him not to rush the door so you don't have to hold his collar.

    As for me, I don't have any weird ones, but I did get funny looks from some guests when I put him in a down, put a piece of shrimp right before his toes, and told him to wait for it. MUAHAHAHA. I'm easily amused by tormenting him. He doesn't seem to mind, much, though.
     

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