When Lola was a puppy I put her in obedience training. And we still continue to use some of that training.
I think this is one of the first commands that is learned by most dogs. And Lola has this one down. She knows she has to sit before she gets her food or a treat. I make her sit before we cross streets when we are walking. And I make her sit before somebody can come up and pet her on a walk.
DOWN and SETTLE
These two go hand and hand. Down is lay down. She only knows this from a sitting position, but hey, she still knows it. I use this one when I am giving her treats are trying to get her to relax. And the settle, is adjusting so her legs are in a more comfortable position. I also use this one when I am giving her treats.
This is one I use before she can eat. She has to wait and when I say ok, then she can eat. I also use wait on walks a lot. If I am cleaning up after her, or there is a dog in front of us, I will tell her to wait. She knows she can still sniff and look around but she cannot continue walking.
This one is pretty obvious. She must stay until she is released. I will use this with treats or walking if there is another dog coming towards us.
Leave it is a big one and she is really good at it. I use it when I drop something that I don't want her to eat, like a pill, and on walks.
In I taught her myself. When we go for I ride, she does not get in the car until I tell her. And that is when I say "IN" and motion in with my arm, and in she goes.
What other commands does your dog know?