The following are the verbal cues we use with Bo and the behaviors they represent:Take: Used to direct Bo to use his mouth to take an object from any number of places including out of our hands.
Get help: Used by Austin to send Bo to bring a person back to Austin.
Go sniff: Used to prompt Bo to use his nose and smell.
Spin: Used to prompt a circle motion.
Back: Used to prompt two to three steps backwards.
Sit: Used to prompt Bo to have his tail-end on the ground or floor.
Down: Used to prompt Bo to have his underside on the ground or floor.
Stay: Used to prompt Bo to remain in one place.
Drop: Used to prompt the release of an object from Bo's mouth.
Bring it: Used to prompt bringing a retrieved object to us. (I do use the word it with this command)
Leave: Used to prompt Bo to turn his head away from an object, person or animal.
Wait: Used to prompt a temporary pause in action that's followed by eye contact.
Under: Used to prompt going under a table, bench or other object.
Touch: Used to prompt Bo to hold his nose on our hand.
Load up: Used to prompt the motion of jumping to get onto or into a higher surface. (i.e., into a car or onto a raised scale at the Veterinarian's office.)
Bump: Used to prompt Bo to bump his nose on our body or on an object.
Try again: Used as a non-reward marker to indicate a behavior given is not the desired behavior. (It's important to note 'try again' is not an aversive, it is never followed by a punitive act or reprimand. )
One: Used to prompt voiding urine.
Two: The opposite of one.
Come Bo: Used to call Bo to us. (I strive to reserve the come command as the only one that I couple with Bo's name.)
Without making a conscious effort to use one or two word commands, it's easy to fall into a habit of adding additional words. For example:
- Take your Kong;
- Bo go get help;
- Spin around;
- Sit down (the combination of two separate commands);
- Lay down;
- Stay there;
- Drop it;
- Bring it to me;
- Leave it;
- Wait a minute.