Commands to Make Your Labor Day Relaxing with Your Dog


by Guest Dog Blogger, Autumn

Labor Day seems like the end of summer, with kids back in school and routines back in place. It’s a time for one final summer party: backyard barbecues, picnics, and watching Ohio State play football.

The holiday was the creation of the labor movement and dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

When you think about it, us dogs are part of the American workers too.  Some of us are family companions, others have specific assignments.  All of us use our natural talents along with training to help humans and to tell you the truth, we truly love this work.

So why not include your dog in your Labor Day celebration.  Here are some commands to help make the day truly relaxing:

  • Sit

    • What it means:

    • We sit and hold the sit until released. No sniffing, scratching, barking, whining, lying down, standing up, etc.

      When to use it:

    • Entering and exiting doors (house, car, kennel, store, vet’s office, etc)
    • Wiping our feet after being outside
    • For examinations (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, etc)
    • Nail trimming and brushing
    • Greeting new people
    • Answering the door
    • Before feeding or giving us treats
    • During play (before playing fetch)
    • Putting on our collars
    • When you are talking to friends or neighbors
    • At curbs and intersections
    • Why it is helpful:

    • Keeps us from pulling on leash, jumping on people, helps us build self-restraint


  • Heel

    • What it means:

    • We walk at your side and match your pace and direction; when you stop, we sit. No pulling, sniffing, elimination, veering off, barking, whining, etc.
    • When to use it:

    • On walks
    • Around the house
    • In crowds or busy streets
    • In pet stores or vet’s office
    • When dog is excited or anxious
    • When passing runners or bikers
    • Why it is helpful:

    • Keeps your dog focused on you, dog cannot get ahead and pull, teaches self-restraint
  • Place

    • What it means:

    • We go to a place mat and stay there until released. All four of our feet must be on the mat, but we can sit, stand, lie down, play, eat, or sleep. No barking, whining, leaving the mat.
    • When to use it:

    • While you are cooking or eating dinner
    • When you are cleaning or busy
    • While you are watching TV, movies, or reading
    • When answering the door
    • When you have company
    • As an alternative to the kennel/crate
    • Why it is helpful:

    • Helps us develop a great deal of self-restraint, allows us to be near you without getting in the way while you are busy
  • Leave It

    • What it means:

    • Used to keep us from approaching, eating, sniffing, licking, or grabbing any person, place, or thing (people, cats, dogs, food, decorations, rooms, etc)
    • When to use it:

    • With your children’s toys
    • With our toys
    • With food or treats (used with “take” command)
    • With other dogs or cats
    • With leaves, shoes, feces, socks, or any other object
    • Why it is helpful:

    • Can keep us safe, helps us develop self-restraint, can help prevent a kitchen floor scavenger
  • Say Hi

    • What it means:

    • We politely greet a person or animal (can also be used to socialize with inanimate objects). No pulling on leash, jumping, mouthing, excessive licking, or bowling people over.
    • When to use it:

    • When meeting new people or animals
    • When greeting guests
    • When socializing to objects that the we may be frightened of
    • Why it is helpful:

    • Teaches us how to greet people or animals while minding his manners, teaches us self-restraint

Pretty cool, huh!

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