Ph.D for Dogs™ Real-Life Relevance

1. LOOSE LEASH WALKING K9-PhD
Real-life Relevance Loose leash walking is helpful when you need to safely carry an object while walking your dog. (See "15 Uses for Walking Without Pulling")
2. BACK UP K9-PhD
Real-life Relevance Back Up can be a useful skill when you want your dog to move away from you or back up with you.
3. STAY K9-PhD
Real-life Relevance Stay is useful when you need your dog to remain in place amid distractions. (See "20 Uses for Wait or Stay")
  WARM-UP TIME K9-PhD
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-PhD
Real-life Relevance Coming when called and leaving distractions could save your dog’s life if he gets loose. (See "15 Uses for Coming When Called")
5. MEET AND GREET K9-PhD
Real-life Relevance When you take your dog to a veterinarian, groomer, or other similar place, it is important that your dog allows being handled. (See "The Importance of Socialization".)
6. ATTENTION K9-PhD
Real-life Relevance When you have your dog’s attention, you can help him focus and give him other guidance.
7. TABLE MANNERS K9-PhD
Real-life Relevance A dog who can calm down on cue around food is more manageable in the home and may be more welcome in other social settings. (See "25 Uses for Down")
8. DO YOU REALLY KNOW SIT? K9-PhD
Real-life Relevance This test helps students assess if their dog understands familiar instructions in unusual and distracting settings. (See "25 Uses for Sit")
bonus BONUS 1: DO YOU REALLY KNOW SIT? K9-PhD
Real-life Relevance Owners may need to cue their dog to sit in unusual and distracting settings.
bonus BONUS 2: TARGETING WITH AN UNFAMILIAR PERSON K9-PhD
Real-life Relevance A dog who has learned to target a person’s hand is less likely to jump up on them or shy away from the hand.

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