Crawl: Make sure you have a few treats handy. Start with sit, then lay down, then stay. Once you have the pup’s attention, bring the treat close to his/her nose then move it to the floor, a few inches in front of them. Slowly drag it along the floor and your pup should follow. Reward pup with the treat. Repeat.
Heel: Start in a big area with room to put some distance between you and the pup. Have a treat handy and start with sit, then stay. Make sure you have your pup’s full attention and slowly start backing away while repeating the “stay” command. Start with only a few steps, stop, and call heel or here. Your pup should come directly to you; repeat the sit command and reward pup with the treat. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Hi-Five: Again, this might be just my two pups, but they both like to jump up and give hugs. In order to save our skin from their sharp nails, we give the “sit” command, then hold up one hand and say “hi-five”. It’s like “shake” but standing up on 2 legs.
Speak: Well, I have 2 very vocal huskies so the hard part was teaching them to NOT speak. Both dogs like to imitate my fiance and I, so we originally trained them by giving the “speak” command, then giving a soft woof or bark. They usually follow suit and then get lots of love. Of course, now we have full conversations with our furbabys.
Gee and Haw are mushing terms that we use when we go hiking on tough trails, or when we go trail running. This is probably one of the easier commands for your pup to learn, but it takes dedication to teach. Every time (and I do mean EVERY TIME) you go for a walk with your pup on a leash, use those terms at every turn in the road. Or if your pup steps off the sidewalk or on onto someone’s lawn, say Gee or Haw (whichever applies) and give a gentle tug in the direction they are supposed to go. Repeat CONSTANTLY. It’s annoying, but worth it. Also, a good way to remember which is which, Gee is Right (as in, “Gee, I’m Right!”) and Haw is left (or just leftover).
Lastly, how is it possible that we have a pet-oriented thread WITHOUT any pics?!?!? I’m going to remedy this travesty right now! (Kopi (boy) is on the left. Dirty Delete (girl) is on the right)