B.A. for Dogs™ Real-Life Relevance

1. WAIT AT THE DOOR K9-BA
Real-life Relevance The ability to maintain position until invited to advance through a door is a convenience to the student and can save a dog's life. (See "20 Uses for Wait or Stay")
  WARM-UP TIME K9-BA
Real-life Relevance A dog is better able to focus and relax when he has a chance to assess his immediate environment.
2. COME AND LEASHING UP MANNERS K9-BA
Real-life Relevance Coming when called could save your dog’s life if he gets loose. Training a dog to want to come to you also helps strengthen the bond between dog and student. (See "15 Uses for Coming When Called")
3. LOOSE LEASH WALKING AND ATTENTION K9-BA
Real-life Relevance Teaching and practicing loose leash walking and checking in with one another builds comfort, ease, and connectedness between the dog and student. (See "15 Uses for Walking Without Pulling")
4. MEET AND GREET K9-BA
Real-life Relevance The importance of a dog remaining politely at the student's side shows the dog's self-control when meeting someone. This also allows the opportunity for the student to understand if it is appropriate or not for someone to greet or handle their dog. (See "The Importance of Socialization")
bonus BONUS 1: ROLLOVER, SPIN, FETCH, SPEAK, OR PAW K9-BA
Real-life Relevance Teaching simple tricks is a fun way to practice training with your dog. See ("20 Uses for Dog Tricks)
5. LEAVE IT K9-BA
Real-life Relevance Leave It is useful when you do not want your dog to go near something, and can be a life-saving skill.
6. WAIT FOR THE FOOD BOWL K9-BA
Real-life Relevance Rather than grabbing or rushing for the food, waiting for the food bowl is good manners and strengthens a dog’s self-control.
7. STAY K9-BA
Real-life Relevance Stay is useful when you need your dog to remain in place. (See "20 Uses for Wait or Stay")
8. SETTLE K9-BA
Real-life Relevance A dog who can calm down on cue is more manageable in the home and may be more welcome in other social settings. (See "25 Uses for Down")
9. GIVE AND TAKE K9-BA
Real-life Relevance Living with a dog who does not guard food or objects, willingly drops items on cue, and takes items gently from the student is safer for the student and less stressful for the dog.
bonus BONUS 2: TRICK OF STUDENT'S CHOICE K9-BA
Real-life Relevance Tricks are fun, can be useful, and exercise a dog’s mind. See ("20 Uses for Dog Tricks)

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