M.A. for Dogs™ Real-Life Relevance

1. WAIT IN THE CAR K9-MA
Real-life Relevance Car parking lots or other areas saturated by moving vehicles can be potentially dangerous for a dog. Self-control while exiting a vehicle could be life-saving skill. (See "20 Uses for Wait or Stay")
2. PASS BY OTHER DOGS K9-MA
Real-life Relevance The student and dog will likely be exposed to other dogs while walking in public. It is important that the student's dog remains calm and relaxed to prevent any altercations.
3. WAIT AT THE DOOR K9-MA
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-MA
Real-life Relevance A dog is better able to focus and relax when he has a chance to assess his immediate environment.
4. COME AND LEASHING UP MANNERS K9-MA
Real-life Relevance Coming when called amid distractions could save your dog’s life if he gets loose. (See "15 Uses for Coming When Called")
5. SIT, DOWN, AND STAND K9-MA
Real-life Relevance The behaviors of sit, down, and stand have a variety of real-life applications. As alternatives to undesirable behavior, each of these behaviors has unlimited uses. All three behaviors are useful for grooming and veterinary examinations as well.
6. HANDLING K9-MA
Real-life Relevance Handling your dog is essential to grooming and important to maintaining your dog’s health.
7. LOOSE LEASH WALKING AND LEAVE IT K9-MA
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.
8. STAY K9-MA
Real-life Relevance Stay is useful when you need your dog to remain in place amid distractions. (See "20 Uses for Wait or Stay")
bonus BONUS 1: TARGETING K9-MA
Real-life Relevance Hand targeting is a fun activity for dogs. It can raise the confidence of shy dogs, can be useful when directing a dog to a place, and is the foundation of many advanced skills such as closing doors.
bonus BONUS 2: TRICK OF STUDENT'S CHOICE K9-MA
Real-life Relevance Tricks are fun, can be useful, and exercise a dog’s mind. (See "20 Uses for Tricks")

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