Monday, December 26, 2011

Words We Know

I was thinking today about how I can't wait until the puppy knows all the stuff Copley knows.  That got me the thinking how much she does know and how that should get some credit.  I decided it would be fun to make a list of everything she knows, perhaps this will become a monthly series...

I'm So Smart

Having been with us for 3 months Kerrigan knows reliably-
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Leave it
  • Stay (her stay is only like 4 seconds long, but she gets the idea)
  • Off
  • UhUh (stop what you are doing and do something else)
  • To wait at the door until released with "ok" whenever going in our out either on leash or not)
  • Crate
  • To wait until released to eat out of her bowl
  • Touch (Touch her nose to a hand)
  • Go Pee
She is learning-
  • Roll over
  • Spin (as in spin in a circle)
  • Quiet
That is 11 commands soon to be 14.  I think that is quite good for a puppy her age.  She is also showing signs of being a little bit smarter than her brother, having figured out how to open doors that are ajar and her crate door when it is closed but not latched.

I'm Smart Too

Copley is right.  Here is a list of words he knows: Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, Up, Off, Leave it, Wait, Hold On, Eat it, OK, High Five, Other Paw, Dance, Upstairs, Downstairs, Crate, Bed, Out, Heel, UhUh, No.  Then specifically from obedience: Front, Finish, Left And Agility: Over, Tunnel, Tire, Table, A-frame, Walk It.

In case you were not counting that is 31 English words that mean something to him.  Not half bad for a dog.

More than tricks or words it is the polite behaviors like waiting to eat, waiting at the door and waiting to go in and out of the car that I have been most anxious for the puppy to learn.  Luckily Copley leads well by example.

Hopefully next time I make a post like this Kerri will know lots more!


  1. Wow, how do you train them? Unfortunately, I started a little late with my dog Coal. So I'm still stuck with sit.

    Nice meeting you, by the way.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  2. Thanks!

    It is never too late to start training, I have worked on teaching fosters who were as old as 15!

    But as far as how we learned, Copley was a year and a half when we got him and I wanted him to pass a Canine Good Citizen Test, so I got a book on it. Then when we decided to take the test we found a great training place that does agility, rally and basic obedience. So most everything I learned how to train from taking classes there and reading more books. There are lots of good books out there about teaching "tricks" and many good ones also about behavior and keeping a well trained dog. A lot of the things they know are really just for fun and don't really serve a purpose other than keeping them entertained while learning!

    Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!