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Handling manners are the core of your new relationship and the foundation of further formal obedience training.

  • Composure and Grooming: maintain close proximity to the handler while not bothering anyone in any way. When it comes to grooming, we teach our dogs to go with the flow.
  • Visitor and Animal Control: refrain from initiating physical contact or forcing engagement with other dogs or visitors until invited.
  • Food Control: your dog learns that he can eat only what the handler offers or what is in his food pan.
  • Door Control: your dog will learn to wait for permission to cross a newly exposed threshold.
  • Walking Exercise: your dog will learn to travel in a casual fashion left of the handlers center-line on a full, loose leash.

Handlers will learn to use physical praise, verbal praise and food (as additional bonus) to reward, as well as how to use non-emotional leash and collar tugs without reprimands as deterrent.

Your dog will learn to master the exercises around distractions first, with collar on and leash in hand, then with collar on but leash out of hand, finally, with collar on and leash off.

If you need house-training help for your dog, have problem canine behavior issues, or require specialty training such as handicap assistance or competition training, call us at (812) 948-2120 for advice and a FREE evaluation.

Formal Commands

A Formal command is a specific directive given to elicit a specific response.

Traditional CommandsDog sitting with leash in his mouth waiting

  • Heeling (neck-to-leg travel): your dog will learn this formal version of travel where the dog’s collar should be the distance of about an open hand from the seam of your left pant leg.
  • Sit: a command given to your dog to communicate that the handler is going to move. Your dog will learn to maintain this position until released or given another command.
  • Down: is a prone position whereby the hocks and elbows are on the floor.
  • Stay: a command given to your dog to communicate that the handler is going to move. Your dog will learn to maintain this position until released or given another command.
  • Come: your dog will learn to immediately make his/her way to the handler’s front and sit attentively.

Advanced Commands

  • Forward
  • Move
  • Speak
  • Bring
  • Hup
  • Through
  • Go-Out
  • Stand
  • Hush
  • Drop