Glossary of Dog Training Terms
We want you to have confidence and understand the expectations and results from our training programs. Every trainer may have his/her own style and yet still use similar terms to describe activities and accomplishments.
Here we define some of the dog training terms we use in our programs, so you can communicate successfully with your trainer and help teach your dog to be well mannered and happy.
- Sit/Stay. Here the dogs learn to sit until you release them. We don’t use the word stay here, when we give them a command we expect them to sit until we say “free”.
- Down/Stay. The dogs learn down, and stay in a down until we release them with the word “free”.
- Heel. Loose leash walking where your dog walks next to you on your left hand side. No tension in the leash, and when you stop walking the dog sits next to you until you start walking again or command the dog to do something else.
- Climb. We teach a dog to climb, which means to go on an elevated surface. We start off with dog cots and can escalate to benches, going into a car, etc… this is a great command to use, especially when guest are coming over, the delivery guy, or you just want to keep on eye on your dog while washing dishes
- Recall. Is the “come or here” command depending on your preference. The dog will come when you call no matter where and what they’re doing.
- Off Leash. When a dog is obedient without using a leash to reinforce a command.