continued from part 6

COMMANDS Commands are kept fairly consistent from year to year, so most of our dogs will have picked up the sense of many words. Examples are:
– back – stay behind the “line”, don’t push at gates (puppies do forget tho!)
– come – precisely what it means, and often a meal appears too!
– stand – used sparingly as each owner likes to exhibit in a different fashion and I favour free standing
– through you go – is the release from back or encouragement to go through a darker passage, etc
– toilet – relieve yourself, particularly the bowels
– spend a penny – empty the bladder
– leave – abandon a search or investigation, etc


Puppies leaving at 4 to 5 months old have had basic lead work, they are not polished show ring professionals. Showing techniques are personal and you will have different body language to me, but the acceptance of a lead around the neck and the fact that one “leads” and one will get to see new and interesting sights is established.

Puppies at this age HAVE NOT been taught to tie up. The collar supplied is generally worn for the first time when the puppy leaves us, and is offered as a catching point in case the dog panics and tries to run off when you open the crate.