Aside from their name, what are the top 6 words that you teach your dog, and want them to respond correctly to?
For me, they are:
Come is essential to me for obvious reasons.
Drop it, also for obvious reasons...I've even had dogs 'hand me' animals after me telling them to drop it, like the mole that Bruiser had picked up. Thankfully, he was fine, whew!
Stay has avoided dangerous situations, such as a dog coming to me when there's something dangerous between us, or to allow me to deal with a person or animal without them interfering.
I use wait a little differently than stay.
Up has saved my back for years, and has also allowed me to direct a dog who is searching, or herding.
Get Down lets a dog remove him or herself from a place that they shouldn't be, for whatever reason.
How about you?
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