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Formal vs regular cues?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Colette, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Colette

    Colette PetForums VIP

    Jan 2, 2010
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    Probably a silly question...

    I've never trained in any of the formal disciplines, but I plan to do so with my next dog. (Currently considering competitive obedience, working trials, or maybe rally).

    Obviously there are many behaviours/positions in these disciplines that are also routinelly used day to day, such as sit and down.

    Do you use the same cue for both a formal sit and a regular household sit? In which case, is the dog expected to execute a perfect comp level sit every time even outside of the training / competition environment?

    Or do you use a separate cues so the dog can determine whether its a case of simply "bum on floor" or "fully symmetrical in a specific position executed at warp speed sit!?
  2. Jenny Olley

    Jenny Olley PetForums VIP

    Nov 2, 2007
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    The only difference I would have is the difference between walking on a lead and doing heelwork, for general lead walking my dogs can be at my side on a loose lead, for heelwork I would want something more formal, there is a great difference in how I walk for the above 2. As for sit and down, I would like them sharp, quick and clean in any environment, competition or domestic.
  3. smokeybear

    smokeybear PetForums VIP

    Oct 19, 2011
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    Ditto, why make life difficult for a dog?
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