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?