Stay is one of the most useful commands you can teach your dog. You can use it to keep your dog from overwhelming visitors to your house, prevent begging at the table, get your dog out from
underfoot while you tend to household chores, or to make it easier to bring your dog to public places.
This one is a must and a behavior any dog can learn. A staple of all good dog manners, sitting when asked can help with polite greetings and as a first step to learning many other behaviors.
For many dogs, sitting becomes their way of saying “please” when they would like you to throw a ball or open a door.
Coming when called is one of the most important commands your dog can learn from both a
usefulness and safety standpoint. Dogs don’t automatically come when called— regardless of how much they love and respect you.
Nothing In Life Is Free (NILIF) is a program that helps us teach dogs how to live in harmony with humans. NILIF will improve your dog’s behavior and teach him to trust and accept you as his
leader in a non-confrontational way.
Just like you would turn to look when someone says your name, dogs can learn to do the same.
If your dog learns to pay attention to you when you say his name, he is more likely to hear when you give him verbal cues, see where you are going, and learn what you are trying to teach him.
This exercise, also called “red light/green light,” teaches your dog that pulling on leash is not the way to get anywhere. The only way for him to make forward progress is to control his sled-dog impulses.