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Dog and Puppy

Obedience Training ​

.Commands and tricks (obedience training) are not the same as having a balanced stable dog. The following is a list of what we want, a dog who is trained plus balanced.


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1.  Dog Trained for Respectful Human Interactions

___ Always calm, relaxed, respectful and submissive.

___ Looks to human's eyes for direction and cues.

___ Never jumps up on adults or children.  

___ Never uses mouth on humans, even when gets excited with petting.  

___ Does not run from or avoid being corrected.

___ Tries to please instead of running the show.

2.  Dog Trained with Respectful Door and Gate Manners

___ Never jumps on doors or gates.  

___ Waits to be invited before going through any door or gate.  

___ Always first lets humans go through doors, gates or even narrow hallways or stairwells.

3.  Dog Trained with Polite Guest Manners

___ Does not charge guests at the front door.  

___ Gives house guests three to 5 feet of respectful space at all times.

___ Approaches a guest by invitation only.  

___ Does not nip a guest who is physically moving or leaving.

4.  Dog Trained to Only Bark When Appropriate

___ Barks to alert family of guest at front door; stops when clocked off the job.

___ Never barks directly at people or other dogs, especially at their faces.

5.  Dog Trained to be Civil With Food, Treats and Water

___ Takes food or treat from human's hand without nipping/biting if offered.  

___ Keeps distance when human or dog meals are being prepared.  

___ Will not growl, nip, snarl, bite if meal or treat is taken away while eating.  

___ Does not charge any food which is dropped on the floor.  

___ Does not paddle feet in the water bowl.  

___ Willingly shares water bowl with other dogs.  

___ Does not rifle through trash for food.  

___ Does not jump up on counters to get food.

6.  Dog Trained to ​Relax in the Crate

___ Views crate as the relaxing den pup-tent vs. imprisonment.  

___ Enters when requested with no hesitation.  

___ Does not become anxious or panicked if left in the crate to 4 hours after receiving prior exercise and a meal.

7.  ​Dog Trained to Be Confident, Not Fearful or Anxious

___ When left home alone, becomes understandably sad but not with any extreme anxiety let alone destruction.  

___ Can venture in the world with no anxiety, fear or neurosis.  

___ Not fearful of thunder, fireworks, the vacuum or any other loud noises.

___ Can traverse slippery surfaces with uncertainty but not fear.

8.  Dog Trained to Easily Tolerate Touch and Handling

___ Can have ears, tail, feet, hind quarters/haunches, all parts of body handled with no resistance.

___ Easily allows mouth and teeth to be inspected, teeth to be brushed.  

___ Easily lets humans flush and clean ears.  

___ Calmly allows bathing, goes into relaxation.  

___ Calmly allows clipping or grinding of nails.

9.  Has Relaxed Polite Car Manners

___ Waits to enter car door until invited, then jumps in as instructed.  

___ Does not whine, bark, trash around, chew or destroy while in car.  

___ Stays put where told and rides comfortably with relaxation.  

___ Waits for invitation to exit vs. bolting out.  Politely exits vehicle when instructed to do so.  

___ Rides comfortably with kids, other dogs, any and all passengers no matter how crowded

10.  Obeys Commands​

___ Knows and obeys verbal and hand signal commands.  

___ Reliably comes when called.  

___ Diverts attention with "leave it."  

___ Knows name means "look at me" and then either stop what is doing or come, depending on hand signal.

11.  Is Perfect on the Walk

___ Walks politely at your side with no pulling, lunging, charging, braking or barking.  

___ Can be easily walked with other dogs by the same handler.  

___ Is normally curious, but does not charge or bark at baby strollers, other dogs, motorcycles, joggers, cars, other

___ Does not chew on the leash or jump up on you or any other being.  

___ Meets and greets other dogs with calm cordial confidence.    

___ Walks perfectly off lead, always respects you and makes the right decision.

12.  Is Polite and Reliable Out and About in Our World

___ Is comfortable and well behaved out in our world anywhere.  

___ Is social, friendly and respectful with all other dogs.  

___ Plays politely with all other dogs without fear or anxiety.    

___ Does not dominantly jump on, bark at, pin down, bite, hump, paw, or posture with people or other dogs.

___ Does not show any aggression towards people or other dogs other dogs

___ Politely shares toys, territory, people and even food with other dogs.

13.  Respects the Home and Yard

___ Does not jump up on furniture, even with no one around.  

___ Does not jump on or scratch doors or any other barrier.  

___ Does not chew unless has a bone.  

___ Does not dig unless has a sandbox.  

___ Never destroys.  

___ Is housebroken with no mistakes.