Since there is a lot to say about an adoptable dog who has been in foster care for more than a couple weeks, I’m breaking this into a few posts.
Eddie knows a number of commands or cues. Some of these are rock solid, others we are still working on perfecting. He often does better with hand signals than voice commands, particularly when he is exited. His obedience is much better inside than outside. I’m pretty sure I’ve left a couple things off the list, but these are the majority of words and phrases he knows.
Here (go to wherever we are pointing)
Roll Over (onto his side)
Sit pretty (sit on hind legs only)
Go to your room (crate)
Go to bed (room he sleeps in at night)
Get out of there (leave the kitchen or other designated area)
Don’t fixate (leave sliding door if he’s getting excited about something he sees outside)
Heels or walks on a loose leash
Okay (general release word)
Lick (lick his lips)
Look (look at handler)
Place (weaker at home than it was at training but we can work on it some more the next few weeks)
On the couch/bed (by invitation only)
Off (off the couch if he sneaks onto it uninvited)
Gentle (take treats gently if he is getting excited and wants to snatch them).
Eddie is looking for his forever home or a new foster home. Applications for both adoptive and foster homes can be found at crossroadsanimalrescue.org.