Vocabulary List

As we gradually work on commands the list of words Riley knows gets longer and longer. So I thought it’d be nice to have full list, with what I want from each behavior or what each word means for her.

In no particular order:

Go to Bed — When I say this Riley is to run to her bed and lay down; usually it means she’s about to get something exciting and fun, like a stuffed kong. Eventually I want it to mean to go your bed and stay there until released, but we’re not there yet.

Come — This is the word I’m using for recall. It means I want her to come to me and sit directly in front of me.

Sit — Speaking of which, she also knows sit. We’re working on speeding up her sit command and since she tends to back up to sit (weird, right?) we’re working on getting her to sit where she is.

Down — Once Riley’s least favorite command, this is quickly becoming a strong command for us. It helps that I’ve begun to incorporate it in our training games.

‘Mere — As in “Come’mere” this is a much looser recall command that doesn’t really mean come so much as I want you moving with me in this direction, or you’ve gone too far away, come back. She knows this one but since it’s vague, her response can sometimes be vague too.

Water — Riley knows that when I say this and indicate something that she can stop there to grab a drink. This is especially useful when we’re not home and I want her to grab a drink from a water fountain or the bowl I keep outside (which mostly has rain water in it).

Bow — A relatively new command, Riley knows how to bow now so that she’ll go down on her front end and keep her rear in the air. We get this fairly consistently now, but I’m working on 100%.

Speak — Quite likely Riley’s absolute favorite command, speak means she gets to bark on command. Typically I let her bark 2-3 times and then ask her to be “quiet” before she’s rewarded.

Quiet — This is the command we’re trying to teach her for not barking; she’s always allowed to bark a few times first (if someone knocks on the door, if someone is outside our back door, etc) and then I ask her for Quiet. Definitely still a work in progress.

Leave It — We use leave it two different ways; first, if she’s sniffing at something and we want her to ignore it and second, if she has a toy or object and we want her to leave it alone. Essentially this command means “ignore it.” She’s fairly reliable on this though I wish she was better about leaving her toys when asked (so we’ll be working on that).

Drop It — Similar to leave it, drop it means I want her to drop whatever is in her mouth. She’s pretty good on this, though it was sort of taught by accident while I was still getting accustomed to “leave it” as an out command.

Look — Look means I want her to look me in the eye; often it comes prior to another command.

Pig — Riley knows the names of most of her toys; she has two squeaky pig toys from Walmart and knows both as “pig” so I can tell her to go get me the pig and she will. We haven’t practiced this much lately and it’s starting to show.

Rope —Another toy that she knows the name for is her rope. She’s much stronger with this one than any of her other toys because it’s her favorite.

Ball — This refers to any tennis ball or her squeaky ball, and she knows it fairly well.

Wubba — Since Riley de-stuffs stuffed toys as fun, I got her a Kong Wubba which has a ball inside instead and dangly bits to chew/tug on. She likes that it squeaks; I like that she hasn’t eaten it yet. I did tie a knot in one of the “legs” and that’s definitely her favorite leg to chew on… she’s still learning the name for this toy.

Find It — This is the command I pair with a toy’s name to get her to go find that toy.

Bring it — This is the command I use once she has something to bring it to me.

“Go!” — Used in our “Ready, Set” games and during fetch, this command means she’s to run out in front of me and prepare for fun things to happen (typically me throwing the stick in fetch or more games).

Let’s Go — This is the walk command we’re using for a loose leash. We were doing pretty well with it but it definitely still needs work. This is also the command I use if she’s in front of me and I want her to go to my left and get into walking position.

Finish — This is the command I use if she’s in front of me and I want her to walk around my right side and behind me to put herself in walking position.

Through! — This command means I want her to walk through my legs from back to front. Eventually I want to change this into a weave command where she’s weaving in and out of my legs but we’re just not there yet.

Touch — At the moment used exclusively to mean touch her nose to my hand, the plan is to eventually generalize this so that she can be asked to “touch” any object with her nose.

Target — This is our command for touching this with her front feet. Although originally trained with a piece of fabric as the target, we’ve managed to generalize it fairly well (though sometimes she’s unsure what we’re asking her to touch). Eventually this will be used to each the appropriate pauses during an agility course.

Drive — This means to push something with her nose, as in Triebball.

Push —This means to push something by jumping up on it and using her feet; I’ve used it thus far to teach her to push open a door.

I’m sure I’ve missed something here but I’ll add to the list as time goes on and hopefully it’ll become a fairly complete list.