Sign up for a dog training class and you’ll teach your dog some basic (and boring) cues:
Yeah, they’re helpful. But Honey and I have our own list of instructions. And they’re much more colorful.
A Few Daily Dog Training Cues and What They Mean
|Cue||What It Means|
|Wait||Stand or sit in that general area until I say it’s ok to move. Especially useful when you’re trying to clean up poop without having your arm torn off.|
|Out of the Flowers||Stop pulling deeper into the neighbor’s front yard and return to the sidewalk.|
|Beep Beep Beep||Back up.|
|Go to Bed||Find the closest dog bed or rug and lie down.|
|Find the Dad||Track down Mike and make him take you outside for a potty break.|
|By Me||Come back and sit beside me.|
|With Me||Walk beside me (a friendlier version of heel).|
|Dance Out||Untangle your feet from your leash.|
|Get a Toy||Pick whatever you’d like to play with out of your toy basket and bring it over to me.|
|Hop In||Get into your bike cart.|
|Find It||There’s food hidden somewhere. Use your nose to track it down and eat it. Also useful for cleaning up the floor after cooking prep.|
What’s so great about these cues?
They’re specific. They tell Honey what we need from her in certain situations.
What’s the alternative? Telling Honey “get over here” when I need her to get out of someone’s garden, come sit by my side, and come lick up the peanut butter that fell on the floor.
I’m sure it would work but it wouldn’t help Honey understand me better.
Other Cues You Can Use
Jen at The Elka Almanac keeps a list of all the cues her Doberman has learned.
They are also very specific. Each cue keeps in mind exactly what Jen needs Elka to do for her. And by going beyond sit, stay, or fetch, they’re improving their communication.
We all talk to our dogs differently. Some of us are a little weirder than others. But the best communication between friends is always a little weird, isn’t it?
What are some of the strange cues you use to tell you dog what you need from her?