When I first got Maui, I was very trick focused and so it took a long time for him to learn 'come', 'stay' etc (my fault, not his). Now with Cali, I have started with the obedience stuff instead of the tricks. Right now, she knows to come, sit and her name. I have been working with stay and leave it recently and seems to be getting them as well. What else should I teach her before I move onto the fun stuff (like roll over, shake, catch a toy, fetch, etc)? THANKS for any input!
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recently and seems to be getting them as well. What else should I teach her before I move onto the fun stuff (like roll over, shake, catch a toy, fetch, etc)? THANKS for any input!

"Down" and "Down-Stay" would be good ones to do next.
When I first got Maui, I was very trick focused and so it took a long time for him to ... before I move onto the fun stuff (like roll over, shake, catch a toy, fetch, etc)? THANKS for any input!

Walking on lead...
Also, just because your pup knows "come" now, don't take for granted that she "knows" it.
Puppies are quite clingy and will generally come to you when they are little, but as they age, they begin to develop their own personalities and ideas about things. Sort of like children, they will challenge now & then to see what they can get away with. "Come" is one they should never be allowed to get away with NOT doing. Sometimes this will come around 16-18 or so weeks, sometimes it's not until they are older (5-8 mos).

I guess all I'm saying is don't assume they know this one particular command until they are considerably older and have proven that they will come under many different types of circumstances. :-)
(*A friend of ours thought their puppy knew the recall command because she always did it in classes and at home. They took her to an off-leash park and she ran off. They didn't get her back for 4 days.)

Shelly w/ Coda, Bodhi & Dharma (who knows a recall right now, but still isn't allowed to run where she might get away or hurt)
agree with Ray...
any commands that will make you and your dog as safe as possible, come, stay, down, lay down...etc...is what I would teach first.
recently and seems to be getting them as well. What ... shake, catch a toy, fetch, etc)? THANKS for any input!

"Down" and "Down-Stay" would be good ones to do next.

sounds good! thanks!
When I first got Maui, I was very trick focused ... shake, catch a toy, fetch, etc)? THANKS for any input!

Walking on lead...

we started that on Tuesday for the first time. at first she hated it but then when Maui started walking, she stopped trying to chew the leash and catch up with him. I plan to keep that up so its easier to take them away together!
Also, just because your pup knows "come" now, don't take for granted that she "knows" it. Puppies are quite clingy ... doing. Sometimes this will come around 16-18 or so weeks, sometimes it's not until they are older (5-8 mos).

I agree, this is the one command I wish Maui was better at so I am determined to keep Cali on the right track!
I guess all I'm saying is don't assume they know this one particular command until they are considerably older and ... Dharma (who knows a recall right now, but still isn't allowed to run where she might get away or hurt)

I agree with that, Maui is never allowed off lead unless it is at my house (which is very far from any roads, etc). I don't see him or Cali getting off lead in public, etc anytime soon (if ever).
agree with Ray... any commands that will make you and your dog as safe as possible, come, stay, down, lay down...etc...is what I would teach first.

sounds good, thanks!
First thing to teach (in my opinion) is "pay attention to me."

Everything else follows from that.

Mark Shaw (And Baron) moc TOD liamg TA wahsnm == "A dog is the only animal who has seen his god." -Unknown
yes mark shaw is right i use watch me and i have a sign for watch me with my deaf dogs.
have you got recall nailed? try hide and seek Emotion: smile make it easy to start but at 4 yrs old my shih tzu still loves this game plus i silently walk the other way, this helps to let them know to keep an eye on you Emotion: smile when i hide i say 'wheres muppet' to give her a clue and so in trick training i use wheres muppet and in obedience i use muppet here, shes fine with that and if it works for her im happy.
my friend has a great dane so walking away is no good as shes only 5 ft so she runs at full pelt and very soon she hears the familier gallop Emotion: smile

the point im making is make it fun no matter what you teach, i would like to say something here ~ my deaf dogs have learnt more and at a faster rate than the hearing and i think this is because ive paid a lot of attention to body language and facial expression, all i have to do is frown at my dals and the ears drop.
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