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Claire
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My dad had labs growing up in England, he would always train them to do silly things. His one girl, Suzy, he trained her to sit before going onto the street, he told me that she was chasing a squirrel one day and skidded to a halt before entering the street and she was dancing on her feet waiting for my dad to say ok.
He would also hide her food!! He would get 3 buckets and put her food under one of them and tell her to find it, eventually she just charged them with her nose until she found the one with food. Then he hid it in a tree!! She was not pleased about that!! Captain hates even sitting for his food, he thinks it should be served on a silver platter, not a silver bowl!
I loved hearing about my dads labs and my mom's goldens, they were always so silly. Anyways, we love the sitting before going outside and sitting before crossing a road, going inside is the only time we do the "order".
 

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My dad had labs growing up in England, he would always train them to do silly things. His one girl, Suzy, he trained her to sit before going onto the street, he told me that she was chasing a squirrel one day and skidded to a halt before entering the street and she was dancing on her feet waiting for my dad to say ok.
He would also hide her food!! He would get 3 buckets and put her food under one of them and tell her to find it, eventually she just charged them with her nose until she found the one with food. Then he hid it in a tree!! She was not pleased about that!! Captain hates even sitting for his food, he thinks it should be served on a silver platter, not a silver bowl!
I loved hearing about my dads labs and my mom's goldens, they were always so silly. Anyways, we love the sitting before going outside and sitting before crossing a road, going inside is the only time we do the "order".
That's funny! Wyatt has to sit at every curb before crossing the street also. On and off leash.
 

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My dad had labs growing up in England, he would always train them to do silly things. His one girl, Suzy, he trained her to sit before going onto the street, he told me that she was chasing a squirrel one day and skidded to a halt before entering the street and she was dancing on her feet waiting for my dad to say ok.
He would also hide her food!! He would get 3 buckets and put her food under one of them and tell her to find it, eventually she just charged them with her nose until she found the one with food. Then he hid it in a tree!! She was not pleased about that!! Captain hates even sitting for his food, he thinks it should be served on a silver platter, not a silver bowl!
I loved hearing about my dads labs and my mom's goldens, they were always so silly. Anyways, we love the sitting before going outside and sitting before crossing a road, going inside is the only time we do the "order".
I also taught Kahuna to sit whenever a car drives by us in the hopes that if he ever got off lead and we were by a road he would sit when cars come to reduce the chance he'd get hit... I'm going to add the "sit before crossing the road" too :D Great idea
 

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Same with ours, sometimes me or my boyfriend will forget and we remind each other we have to go back and replay the curb command lol.
LOL! And I love it when they do the half sit.....no Wyatt the butt touches the ground lol!

Actually this is great for when you do boundry training out front. They will already know they can't go past the curb into the street without a command.
 

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Claire
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My friend taught her German short haired pointer to not cross the road with just a tennis ball. He was so obsessed that they took a tennis ball, brought him to the curb. Put the ball on the road, if he went to get it he didn't get the ball, if he sat and waited he got the ball. We would roller blade, bike ride, and play on the street and he would run beside us on the side walk. Alexa would always have to go up on the side walk before actually crossing the street as he needed the "heel" command. Amazing dog.
 

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To just use the backyard, it is usually Flem first out then Spip first back in whether one of us steps out with them or not.

For walks, it is DH and Flem then Spip and me through the kitchen door. We exit the backyard then they stop (do not have to sit, just calmly stand) while I close the gate. Same order at the end of the walk.

We also have them sit before crossing and I think that maybe perhaps they got the notion that they are not supposed to be on the street because when we have to walk on it (because of construction or people who parked like idiots) they tend to pull us back toward the grassy part and the walkway. When they are stopped and sitting at a crosswalk and a car drives by, we always make them wait until it is well away before we cross. Spip the Lab has a pretty strong automatic sit on walks (we stop for anything, she sits) while Flem, being Flem, is a work is slow progress and needs a verbal reminder.
 
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