Helpful handouts for pet adopters, owners & educators
Pet Behavior Handouts
Teaching your Dog to “Sit”
Stays are useful when you need your dog to be still while you do something else. They can also help to teach your dog self-control and independence.
Teaching your Dog to “Settle”
“Settle” should be more relaxed than a “Down-stay” or “Sit-stay”; the dog need not maintain a specific position. You can use it in the waiting room at the veterinarian, or when you are out on a walk and stop to chat with a neighbor.
Teaching your Dog to “Leave It”
“Leave it” is useful when you want your dog to stop doing something, whether that is sniffing at someone or something, barking or licking. The dog should immediately stop whatever she is doing and look to you for a reward.
Teaching your Dog to “Drop It”
“Drop it” is useful when your dog picks up something in his mouth that he shouldn’t have – your shoe, your child’s favorite toy, or a chicken bone, for example. It’s also useful for those dogs that grab the leash in their mouths when being walked and for those mouthy dogs that want to grab at your hands, arms and clothing in play.
Teaching your Dog to “Down”
Down is the best, most comfortable position for your dog to stay in for any length of time. Down (and especially down-stay) is a wonderful calming maneuver and can also help teach your dog to be more independent.
Teaching your Dog to “Come”
Coming when called is one of the most important and useful commands you can teach your dog. In an emergency, a reliable “come” or recall can save your dog’s life, but most of the time it’s just convenient to be able to get your dog to come when called.
Teaching your Cat to Wear a Harness
Choose an H-type harness or a walking jacket (http://www.catwalkingjacket.com)
Teaching your Cat to Walk on a Leash
Your cat should be comfortable wearing a harness for 10 to 15 minutes before starting to work on leash training.
Teaching your Cat to Come When Called
The cat touches his nose to person’s hand or comes close enough to rub on the person.
Teaching your Cat to “Target”
The cat touches its nose to an object. Almost all cats will sniff an object placed near their face.