Basic obedience involves teaching 7 simple commands: sit, heel, down, sit-stay, down-stay, go to place, and coming when called, also known as the recall.
We also teach commands like Quiet, Say Hello, Shake (orGive Paw), Easy, and Leave It.
The most important of these commands is the recall. In fact, in the natural method of dog training, all other commands (except "go to place") are specifically designed as preparation for teaching your dog to come when called no matter what else is going on at the time.
The ultimate goal of coming when called is a hypothetical situation (one we hope will never happen) where your dog gets loose and goes after a squirrel or other moving object, perhaps running toward traffic. Yet, while your dog is running away at full speed, you’ll give the "recall signal," and your dog wil instantly turn on a dime and come running back to you even harder and faster than when he or she was running after the squirrel, etc.
With this in mind, there are 7 versions of the sit-stay and the down-stay. Each one progressively builds your dog’s desire to break the stay and come running back to you. This desire is called social attraction. And it’s also built-in to the way we teach a dog to heel, which involves some energetic games of chase which end up making the dog gravitate toward walking right next to you at all times.
For owners interested in pinpoint control in an adolescent or older dog, we also teach advanced behaviors like the down while running, fun tricks, how to speakon command and be quiet on command, etc. If you’re only interested in teaching your dog certain, specific behaviors we can show you how to do that too.
If it isn’t apparent yet, what obedience instruction means is that we teach you how to train your dog. We come to your apartment or meet up with you and your dog in a local park, and show you the ropes of each exercise. Some owners will want to skip the exercises except the ones they feel are most important. That’s up to you. But it’s important to remember that these exercises are designed with one major goal in mind: to make your dog obdenient to all her commands, no-matter-what, especially the recall.
We also provide dog training services, where we come and work with your dog personally, teaching all the basic and if desired, advanced behaviors, with catch-up sessions with you and your family at your convenience. (For more see the Dog Training page.)
Our sessions with you usually last about an hour and a half. But the training sessions you have with your dog should only take 3-5 minutes per exercise, though you can do several sessions a day. The whole point of Natural Dog Training is to make learning as fun and as easy as possible, for the dog and the owner!
These exercises are designed to be so fun and easy you’ll only need to spend a few minutes a day on training each behavior and command. It’s mostly a matter of learning how to play specific training games with your dog and integrating obedience skills into the process.