Betty has a Boston Terrier puppy who she is taking to AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes. “She’s doing pretty good,” Betty told me. ”She’s good in class, but at home, there are a few things we need to work on. She gets on the couch and when I say, ‘Down,’ she just looks at me and lays down.”
I told her about this AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy story that was sent to the Canine Good Citizen department from the owner of a German Wirehaired Pointer puppy:
“I was teaching my German Wirehaired Pointer puppy the word, “Down,” in puppy classes. One afternoon, I came out of my home office and found my dog standing in the middle of the dining room table. He was looking out the window and watching birds. Wanting him to get off the table, I emphatically said, “DOWN!” So, he looked at me and laid down, right in the middle of the table. He did exactly what I told him to do. It was a good lesson for me about choosing my words wisely when it comes to talking to my puppy.”
Have you seen situations where the owner’s choice of words or movements confuses the dog?