Wits End Dog Training: helping you to help your dog be the best it can be

Wits End Dog Training, helping you to help your dog be the best it can be.

Wits End Dog Training | Principles

Ten Steps to the Perfect Dog

Have you got a great dog with bad habits? Does your dog take you for walks?
Is jumping up getting you down? Just got a puppy?
Barking, Biting, Aggression?


1. Meet and Greet. (Go here for help with this skill.)

My dog will, with good manners, allow a friendly person to approach and speak to me.

2. Sitting to be petted. (Go here for help with this skill.)

My dog will sit and stay and allow a friendly person to pet it on the head and body.

3. Grooming and being examined by the vet. (Go here for help with this skill.)

My dog will allow being groomed and examined by anyone.

4. Leash walking. (Go here for help with this skill.)

When we are out for a stroll my dog exhibits self control, my dog walks on a loose leash, pays attention to me and responds to my body movements and changes of direction, not dependent on a tight leash for communication. My dog will sit when I stop.

5. Leash walking through a crowd. (Go here for help with this skill.)

My dog is self-controlled in public places.

My dog will move about politely in pedestrian traffic, including children, toddlers and strollers.

My dog occasionally may show some interest in strangers but will continue to walk with me without lunging, balking or anxiety.

6. Staying in place. (Go here for help with this skill.)

My dog responds to my instructions to “sit” or “down”.

My dog will remain calmly in place while I walk twenty feet away, stand talking to someone, and return, or enter a shop out of sight, for several minutes.

My dog will stay until I give the next instruction.

7. Calling the dog. (Go here for help with this skill.)

My dog will come when called, leave a situation of high distraction from 30 feet away and return to my side close enough that I can have my hand safely on the collar.

8. Dog to dog manners. (Go here for help with this skill.)

My dog will be well mannered around other dogs, will show no more than casual interest and will not go to the other dog or its owner. My dog will communicate a peaceful nature and avoid confrontation.

9. Reaction to distractions. (Go here for help with this skill.)

My dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. (Examples: joggers, bicycles moving, stationery and falling over, metal chairs being dragged on cement, shopping cart, umbrellas and so on.)

10. Supervised separation. (Go here for help with this skill.)

My dog will maintain its training and good manners with a stranger, while I go out of sight for three minutes.

Here you can download a checklist of the “10 STEPS TO THE PERFECT DOG” that you can use to grade yourself and your dog, you can use this as a preliminary evaluation, a progress chart to find out how you are doing and as a graduation exam!




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