Commands to use in the Garden with your Dog

You can use commands with your dog to make gardening more enjoyable for both of you.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Trainer and Cynologist

So you’re ready to garden.  You have the time, the weather is great, and the ground is right for you to start working in.  There’s a glitch. Your best furry friend wants to join you.  What dog obedience commands can you use in the garden to help make this a quality time for both of you?

Commands aren’t tricks.  Commands can use them to stop a dog from digging.  They can keep a dog in one location while teaching self-control.  They become a form of communication between you and your dog, being frustrated or enjoying time together.

Here are some tips to help you and your furry friend have a great gardening season:

Sit

What it means

Your dog sits and holds the sit until released. No sniffing, scratching, barking, whining, lying down, standing up, etc.

When to use it

      • Wiping their feet after being outside
      • For examinations (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, etc.), should your dog get into something
      • During playing fetch
      • When talking to friends or neighbors
      • To keep your dog from getting in the flower beds

Why it is helpful

Using the SIT command keeps your dog from getting out of control.  It stops barking and jumping on people and helps build self-restraint.

 

Down

What it means

Your dog lies down with its belly on the ground and holds the position until released. No sniffing, scratching, barking, whining, standing up, rolling over, creeping/crawling forward, etc.

When to use it

  • Keeps your dog in one location
  • When talking to friends or neighbors
  • To keep your dog from getting in the flower beds

Why it is helpful

Using the DOWN command keeps your dog from getting out of control.  It stops your dog from wandering away from you or jumping on people, and helps build self-restraint.

Place Mat

What it means

Your dog goes to a flat item that is different than its surroundings and stays there until released. All four feet must be on the item, but the dog can sit, stand, lie down, play, eat, or sleep.  No barking, whining, leaving the mat.

When to use it

      • When you are busy and can’t keep an eye on your dog
      • As an alternative to tethering the dog in one spot
      • Allows the dog to stay in one location for a couple of hours but gives them the freedom to change positions

Why it is helpful

The PLACEMAT command helps a dog develop a great deal of self-restraint.  It allows the dog to be near you without getting in the way while you are busy.

Leave It

What it means

Instruct your dog not to approach, eat, sniff, licking, or grab any person, place, or thing (people, cats, dogs, food, decorations, rooms, etc.)

When to use it

      • With mulch eating
      • With plants, you don’t want your dog to have
      • With other animals
      • With leaves, shoes, feces, socks, or any other object
      • Preventing the dog from entering flower beds or places

Why it is helpful

The LEAVE IT command is very versatile.  It can keep your dog safe, refocuses them when they want to chase a squirrel while it helps develop self-restraint.

Boundary training

What it means

Your dog stays within a designated area without the need for a fence.

When to use it

      • To protect areas of your garden
      • To restrict your dog from leaving the yard
      • Preventing the dog from entering flower beds or places

Why it is helpful

By teaching your dog boundaries in the yard, you can keep your dog safe, help him develop self-restraint, and even help prevent smashed plants.

 

Eliminate on Command

What it means

Your dog will eliminate within a designated area

When to use it

  • To protect areas of your garden
  • To restrict your dog to a specific elimination area
  • to keep your yard clean of dog waste

Why it is helpful

Teaching your dog to eliminate on command can keep your yard clean and nicer looking, prevent urine burn and uneven grass growth due to dog waste and stop the spread of disease or parasites throughout the yard.

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