|Barked: Fri Feb 22, '13 4:09pm PST |
|Let's say you've got a new dog coming in with absolutely no training. Maybe an adult rescue, maybe a puppy, but definitely a dog who knows NOTHING formal. Where would you start? Which commands/cues should come first?
I would probably start with:
- Leave it
- Beginning recall
I've never formally trained a dog to respond to its name - I just generally use the name often enough that they start to pick it up. But I guess you want to start that one early, too.
The why behind my choices: to me, "leave it" is crucial in order to protect my stuff (ha!) and also keep the dog safe, of course. "Sit" is incredibly versatile and helpful to build from, and of course a good recall can be a safety issue. Typically recall takes a long time to build, at least in my experience, so it's also good to start on it right away.
What is/would be your plan, Dogsters? Personally every dog I've trained/owned in my adult life has come with some baseline obedience in place, however shaky, and that's likely to continue with the next. I do find this an interesting question, though, as it speaks to priorities and all that.
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