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Tom Palesch

This seven year old tri-black is Nikki Palesch of Maple Plain, MN enjoying her summer on a 38 acre off-leash dog park. Nikki comes from the Hartnagel breeding ranch in Colorado. She loves other dogs and running's her passion. Playing's her thing, and try as she might to bring order to chaos, it always seems to go the other way when she gets the gang running.

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"Give" Command

So this command is pretty similar to Drop It, but we use it when the dog is going to get the item back and when it’s an object the dog is actually allowed to have, but we want to take it away temporarily (for instance, to throw in a game of fetch). Actually, this command as well as the “Come” command are the building blocks of playing Fetch.

  1. Use one of your dog’s toys for this. You need to have a reward that the dog likes MORE than the toy you’ll be using.

  2. Let your dog play with the toy for a few seconds.

  3. Grab onto the toy. Hold up a treat in the other hand, and say “Give.”

  4. When she lets the object go, say your marker word and give the treat.

  5. This time, rather than taking the object away for half an hour, give it straight back and go through the process again several times.

That wraps it up for the basic training chapter. Drill on these commands, get them consistent, and you’ll have a pretty well-behaved dog on your hands. And remember, just getting your dog up to scratch on basic obedience will have a knock-on effect to problem behaviors that seem unrelated. The more you train, the more her overall level of behavior will go up.

That said, there are still a few common Aussie problem behaviors that will need to be treated on their own. That’s what the next chapter is all about.

Next time: Problem Behaviors: Jumping Up

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A man may smile and bid you hail
Yet wish you to the devil;
But when a good dog wags his tail,
You know he's on the level.

~ Unknown




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