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Most of you should know Faye is beautiful but not the smartest dog. It took 6 months to teach her the down command. Thus I've given up trying to actively teach her any cues. Now I just repeat things over and over when she's doing something.

So far we've got "Where's the moth??" That one was easy because I just used her natural instinct to catch the moth. Everything she focused on one I'd be like "Where's the moth???" "Catch the moth!!!"

I also used this method to stop her resource guarding of me when Leesi is around. Whenever I'd spot Leesi coming closer to us I'd say "Helloooo sissy!!!" and proceed to give Faye a ton of cuddles and loves. Now whenever I say "Helloooo sissy!!!" She gets excited, her tail wags and Leesi can come close to us. This usually ends in them playing on Faye washing Leesi's ears.

So please share your stories about any training you've done that doesn't involve treats or a clicker but that you use often! :)
 

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I've got one. My dog Skyli is super needy, and to make her go away, I started throwing toys for her to go after and saying "Where is it?! Go find it!" or "Where did it go?!" and that now causes her to tear around the house looking for an item to bring. It's pretty useful for when she is being too clingy and I don't want to upset her by telling her to go away (which she knows also, and will slink off with her tail between her legs). The funniest part is, it somehow also came to mean "go stick your nose in my boyfriend's face". Sometimes my boyfriend will hide under a bunch of blankets and I'll tell Skyli "where is it?! Go find it!" and she'll do everything possible to get under the blankets where my boyfriend is and proceed to shove her nose all over his face.

She also loves "do you you wanna?" and will get super excited and start running around if you say it.

My other dog, Harvey, doesn't pick up on conversational speech as well, but I have one for him too. He's SUPER obsessed with lasers (I don't mess with him or anything, he's just seen them before on accident). He never, ever sits still, so when I need to do something (take a picture, brush, take measurements, clean his face) I can't make him sit still. So I've taken to picking up a random object (usually my phone) and showing it to him. He immediately thinks it's going to make a laser and will stare intently at it and remain stone-still, which allows me to get what I need to done.
 

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I didn't mean to do it, I didn't even realize I was doing it, but I managed to teach Zody that "Whatcha want?" means "Let me get you a bully stick".

That happened because we'd come in from our morning walk and I'd play with him for a bit, then he'd wander away. I'd glance around to see what he was up to and see him standing by the cupboard I keep him treats and chews in, and I'd ask him, "Whatcha want?" and get up and give him a bully stick.

I realized just how well he had learned the new "cue" when he dropped one of his toys off the side of the bed and stood their staring at it waiting for me to get if for him. I asked "Whatcha want?" and watched as his eyes light up, an eager look appear on his face. He then got off the bed and ran to the cupboard waiting for me to get him a bully stick.
 

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Pepper only plays with one of my four cats. So if he is about to annoy one of the older cats, I say "where's Rosie?" And he goes and looks for her, the playful cat, and leaves the others alone.
I gave him a treat when he played with her as a puppy and it just stuck.
 

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I've got one. My dog Skyli is super needy, and to make her go away, I started throwing toys for her to go after and saying "Where is it?! Go find it!" or "Where did it go?!" and that now causes her to tear around the house looking for an item to bring. It's pretty useful for when she is being too clingy and I don't want to upset her by telling her to go away (which she knows also, and will slink off with her tail between her legs). The funniest part is, it somehow also came to mean "go stick your nose in my boyfriend's face". Sometimes my boyfriend will hide under a bunch of blankets and I'll tell Skyli "where is it?! Go find it!" and she'll do everything possible to get under the blankets where my boyfriend is and proceed to shove her nose all over his face.
Hahaha that's adorable! I like that you turned her leaving you alone into a positive so that she doesn't feel unwanted! That's really sweet!

I didn't mean to do it, I didn't even realize I was doing it, but I managed to teach Zody that "Whatcha want?" means "Let me get you a bully stick".

That happened because we'd come in from our morning walk and I'd play with him for a bit, then he'd wander away. I'd glance around to see what he was up to and see him standing by the cupboard I keep him treats and chews in, and I'd ask him, "Whatcha want?" and get up and give him a bully stick.
I sort of did the same with Leesi, if they're staying home alone I say "I love you" and give them each a cookie. When I drop them at my mom's I always say "We're going to grandma's!!" Which causes Leesi to lose it! She gets SOOOOO excited. They'll calmly follow me to the kitchen until I say "I love you" which results in a bit of sulkiness or when I say "We're going to grandma's" Leesi starts her whole dancing routine and gets VERY vocal.


Pepper only plays with one of my four cats. So if he is about to annoy one of the older cats, I say "where's Rosie?" And he goes and looks for her, the playful cat, and leaves the others alone.
I gave him a treat when he played with her as a puppy and it just stuck.
That is so smart!!! That way dog and cats are happy!! And it's so positive :D
 

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Early on I ruined "come here" for Ella - it ended up me ruining her yard fun and bringing her inside.

A few days ago I discovered that I somehow by accident have taught her a pretty solid "Come look at this" which means come to me and check what I have in my hand + treat + lets go inside. It really works and she comes every time :thumbsup:
 

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I taught Sophie to come when I say "Sophie, look!" I have no idea how that happened or what I showed her that was so interesting to stick in her mind. Now every time she comes I have to scramble to show her something cool - sometimes she thinks it's awesome, sometimes she looks at me like I'm crazy and walks away, but at least she comes :)

And...the other day I was working on impulse control with Chisum around the chickens...using chicken as a reward. My family thought that was pretty funny :)
 
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