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Drop it.
Leave it.
Go lie down (or get out of the kitchen, or go to your spot, or whatever).
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BTW, dogs learn hand signals easier than verbal commands, they are very programmed to pay attention to body language, not so much to language, so don't be too impressed by dogs responding to hand signals !

Not what you asked, but no matter what commands you teach, don't ever use one in a situation where you can't enforce the command, or they quickly learn that all commands are optional. Also, when you give a command, give it once. They hear very well. They don't need to hear the command repetitively. I go bonkers at the pet hotel when owners stand there and say, "SIT....SIT....SIT FIDO.....FIDO SIT....SIT....SIT FIDO....". I say, "he heard you the first time you said it. He's just trying to figure out which one he's supposed to respond to".

Anywho, my list will be about the same as everyone else's. In no particular order:

1. Come
2. Wait (stop where you are and wait for me to catch up)
3. Sit (from all sorts of distances, until they will sit from 100 yards away)
4. Down (again from all sorts of distances)
5. Stay
6. Drop it (item is already in the mouth)
7. Leave it (they are thinking about picking up the item)
8. Off
9. Kennel up (or get in the crate, whatever)
10. Give me a kiss

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Go Potty
Here (Instead of Come)
Wait (one of my favorites ~ she stops on a dime when she is up ahead of me and I don't want her going any further, but don't necessarily need to her to come back)
Leave It & Take It
Give (instead of Drop It)
Let's Go
Gentle & Easy (when taking things, or going up to a small child or frail adult...or when she is pulling to get to the open field were she loves to run, lol!! Easy girl! haha!)
Look (eye contact)

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Oh yes, and GO POTTY! Definitely the most important one!

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HAHA! Allie does that well - in the spot where I tell her no matter where we are - we have traveled a lot - I'm retired airline and Allie is my service dog - so she knows that potty may not happen for awhile.

I love the command list so far and being a new momma again to a puppy I def need a refresher course!

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In my house we use:
Down (as in lay down)
Roll over
Up (invitation to get onto couch or into back of car)
Wait (very useful I find--dogs know it's a brief thing, use it when exiting and entering house, etc.)
Belly rub (this is Bella's--she plops down and goes belly up for rubs...)
Bring it
Leave it
Back or back up
Walk nicely (means slow down and loosen up on the leash)
Let's go
Go to bed (go to crate--Tess is really good at this. Firstborns are often the politest!)
Out (leave the room, usually the kitchen)
Outside (everybody head for the back door for potty break)

Oh yes, and Hugs! (invitation to stand up and hug us)

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If you live in a snowy area, I would add "clean your feet"! My angel Cody would come in from the backyard snow field, plop on the rug at the back door, and pull off all of the snowballs before he went any further. I taught him that one and it saved a lot of melted snow on the hardwoods:-)

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I will add two commands

1. Place - the dog can sit, stand, or lie down but has to stay in the 2x2 square where he is.

2. Break - for us sit means sit, kennel means kennel, and place means place. There is not expiratation time on the command. Break give the dog the cue that the command is over.

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Relax/Settle is the most important one to me, especially used in combination with a Go to Mat command. Also, Look at That.

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