But really, we work to reinforce the skills in our every day lives so the pooches can understand there is a relevance beyond the classroom.
Since we've been doing this, we've noticed how something as simple as "sit" has so many practical applications in everyday life:
Looking Both Ways Before Crossing the Street
There are just way too many cars that run stop signs so we always practice stopping, just in case. I've also heard if your dog ever gets loose, if they are accustomed to stopping at curbs, they won't go running into the street. Has anyone experienced this?
Buying Food at Farmer's Markets
Farmer's Markets can be insanely crazy with so many people, kids and other dogs. I was once walking through a market where a girl was holding a large dog and picking out flowers. The dog decided to bark and lunge at us, and the unsuspecting girl was pulled forward. She fell and rolled (twice!) just like a cartoon. Especially seeing that, I always put the pooches in a sit-stay when I'm at the market so I can concentrate on choosing tomatoes and paying with farmers without being worried about being pulled and flying forward. Like a cartoon.
"Sit" While I Clean up Your Dog Poo
Modeling For Photo Opps
A Seat at the Street Festat street fests. Mr. B took 'sitting' to a new level and he taught himself to sit on the curb just like a human.
So what did we leave out? What are some other ways you reinforce "sit" and "sit-stays" in your everyday lives?
Using 'parlor tricks' on the streets
Getting ready for Spring Training!
Preparing for Farmer's Markets