Features June 2016 Issue

Doggy Inside Jokes: The Unconventional Cues Our Dogs Learn

Renee Amodeo’s dog, Dexter, often tries to gain her attention when she’s working on her laptop on the couch. She taught him “Enough,” which means to stop his attempts to be noticed and petted.

Doggy Inside Jokes: The Unconventional Cues Our Dogs Learn

Have you accidentally taught your dog a useful but uncommon behavior? Maybe you should!

We all teach our dogs commonly used cues such as “Sit,” “Down,” and “Come,” and most of us probably use them every day. I am betting that, in addition to those common cues, we each have some cues that are unique to our relationships with our own dogs – cues that are never taught in your basic “good manners” classes.

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