Training

The key to Flowers training is consistency and making it fun! For you both!!!

Flower goes through some type of training on a daily basis. Even if it’s just her learning to “wait” until I tell her it’s okay to eat her food, or a “leave it” command.

She also has an extensive vocabulary list, the specific words have carefully selected so it would be easy for me to remember what they are. Our dogs are so smart, the hardest part of training is training us humans and being consistent! Since she was a baby she has been trained using these words and as she grew so has her vocabulary list.

Flowers Vocabulary List

  • Lie Down
    • Lay down where mom says or points
  • Snaps & Points
    • Laydown (no words used)
  • Snaps w/fingers up
    • Sit and watch me
  • Walk
    • Casual walk
  • Up
    • Get up from laydown position
  • Get up/Come up
    • Jump up here
  • Get down
    • Get off/come down, get down
  • Rollover
    • Turn on side, either side
  • Palm up
    • Stay without using my words
  • Hugs & Kisses
    • Put your paws around neck and lick, kiss and hug all over them
  • Get Brushed
    • Go outside and get in your spot to get brushed
  • Brush your teeth
    • Brush your teeth and get a cookie afterwards
  • On Rug
    • Get on carpet rug where I point
  • In Bed
    • Get in your bed, usually upstairs unless I point to a certain bed nearby
  • Garage
    • Garage/area/door, etc.
  • Downstairs
    • Downstairs
  • Roll all the way over
    • Roll “all the way” over, complete 360, either direction
  • Roll over other side
    • Roll over to the other side, opposite of what you are on
  • Come
    • Come here (come here no, walking slow, fast, or running, not a specific speed, just get over here)
  • Touch come
    • Drop everything and immediately get over here. Emergency!
  • Corn on the cob/cobbing it
    • Chews on something, left to right in a straight line, like we would eat
      corn on the cob. On my shirt, her tail, a stuffed animal, etc.
  • Nesting
    • Digging with her paws in something, and pulling towards her. My bed/bedding, her bed, the couch, etc.
  • Yoga Meditation
    • Roll around on the floor with mommy, stretch, prayer, etc.
  • Drop It
    • Drop it
  • Leave It
    • Move on, leave it be, don’t even look at it, none of your business
  • Tummy Rub
    • Stop what you’re doing, lay on back and please rub my tummy
  • Stretch
    • Stretch and have arms and legs out
  • Back Up
    • Back up a few steps
  • Heel Walk
    • Heel and walk like next to me, no wild walk or pulling
  • Heel On The Left
    • Heel walk on left side
  • Heel on right
    • Heel walk on right side
  • Not Yours
    • It’s not yours don’t touch it, leave it alone
  • Looky See
    • Look outside, or look at this, something I’m pointing to (something cool that flower would like to see)
  • Looky See Out The Window
    • Look outside the window something cool to see
  • Stop
    • Stop in your steps, don’t move
  • Wait
    • Casual hold on
  • Ready
    • Ok to proceed up ramp or stairs
  • Sit
    • Sit, casual sit and don’t move
  • Emergency
    • Get shoes on and get out of danger (Flower has Earthquake shoes)
  • Sing
    • Howl and love mama, sing with her
  • Slow Down
    • Slow down when walking
  • Stay Close
    • Come and stay within a foot or two of me, you’re getting too far away or I just need you close to me (someone ahead walking or riding bike on same side of street)
  • Ahh-Ahhh
    • Just to get her attention and break her mental attraction to something, rethink what you’re doing
  • Watch Me
    • Watch me, pay attention to me only! Watch my eyes only!
  • Up
    • Get up from lay down position
  • Stand Up
    • Stand up from sit or lay down position
  • Training Time
    • We’re going to go train, time to get excited, yeah!
  • Gentle
    • Be calm. Be gentle. Either with little kids or around certain people, or when taking food out of my hand.
  • OK Go Play
    • Her release, her break from command, anytime I say that its after training or when she’s able to be free and do whatever she wants to do

 

This may be a lengthy list, but I have a brilliant dog who’s always eager for training. We make it fun so she actually WANTS to learn new things. I never do training in long intervals, I keep it short and fun and exciting. Flowers desire to train keeps me going and learning new tricks, vocabulary, or behaviors.