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Top 13 Obedience Checklist

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1. Respectful Human Interactions

  • Is always calm, relaxed, respectful and submissive. 
  • Looks to human's eyes for direction and cues. 
  • Never uses mouth on humans, even when gets excited with petting. 
  • Does not run from or avoid being corrected. 
  • Tries to please instead of running the show.

2. Door and Gate Manners

  • Never jumps on doors or gates. 
  • Waits to be invited before going through any door or gate. 
  • Always first lets humans go through doors, gates or even narrow hallways or stairwells.

3. Guest Manners

  • Does not charge guests at the front door. 
  • Gives house guests three to five feet of respectful space at all times.  
  • Approaches a guest by invitation only. 
  • Does not nip a guest who is physically moving or leaving.

4. Only Barks When Appropriate

  • Barks to alert family of guest at the front door; stops when clocked off the job. 
  • May give an excited woof or two during play. 
  • Never barks directly at people or other dogs, especially at their faces.

5. Is Civil with Food, Treats and Water

  • Takes food or treat from human's hand without nipping or biting if offered.  
  • Keeps distance and stays calm when human or dog meals are being prepared. 
  • Will not growl, nip, snarl or bite if meal or treat is taken away while eating. 
  • Does not charge any food which is dropped on the floor. 
  • Does not paddle feet in the water bowl. 
  • Willingly shares water bowl with other dogs. 
  • Does not jump up on counters to get food.


6. Relaxes in the Crate

  • Views crate as relaxing harbor for safe rest, not imprisonment.  
  • Enters when requested with no hesitation.
  •  Does not become anxious or panicked when left in crate up to 4 hours after receiving prior exercise.  

7. Is Not Fearful or Anxious

  • When left home alone becomes understandably sad but withwithout any extreme anxiety let alone destruction.  
  • Can confidently venture in the world with no fear, distrust, stress or anxiety.  
  • Until learns, may be jumpy with but not fearful of thunder, fireworks, vacuums, and other loud noises.  
  • Can traverse slippery surfaces and grates with some uncertainty but not fear.

8. Is Easily Touched and Handled

  • Can have ears, tail, feet, hind quarters/haunches, all parts of body handled with no resistance. 
  • Easily allows mouth and teeth to be inspected, teeth to be touched. 
  • Readily lets humans flush and clean ears. 
  • Calmly allows bathing, goes into relaxation.  
  • Allows and does not resist clipping or grinding of nails.
  • Allows groomers and vets to handle with no resistance or threats. 

9. Has Relaxed Polite Car Manners

  • Waits to enter car door until invited, then jumps in as instructed. 
  • Does not whine, bark, thrash around,  chew or destroy.  
  • Stays put where told and rides comfortably relaxeded.  
  • Waits for invitation to exit, never bolts. 
  • Rides comfortably with kids, other dogs, and passengers no matter how crowded it becomes. 

10. Obeys Commands

  • Knows and obeys hand signal and verbal commands. 
  • Reliably comes when called.  
  • Diverts attention with "leave it."  
  • When off lead, knows name means to make eye contact for hand signal to stop what doing or come and become calm at my feet. 

11. Is Perfect on the Walk

  • Walks politely at your side like a feather with no pulling, zig zagging, lunging, barking or braking.  
  • Can be easy walked with other dogs by the same handler. 
  • Provides friendly looks but does react to distractions, from baby strollers, walking canes, and motorcycles to trash trucks, other dogs and people, etc. 
  • Does not chew on the leash or jump up on you. 
  • Meets and greets other dogs with polite calm and cordial confidence.  
  • Walks perfectly off lead, always responding to your directions. 

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12. Is Polite and Reliable Out and About in Our World

  • Is comfortable and well behaved out in our world anywhere.  
  • Is social, friendly and respectful with all other dogs.  Plays politely with no fear, anxiety or dominant jumping on, pawing, pinning down, body slamming. Politely shares toys, territory, people and even food. Never postures aggressively.

13. Respects the Home and Yard

  • Does not jump up on furniture or counters, even with no one around. 
  • Does not jump up on or scratch doors or any other barrier. 
  • Does not chew unless has a chew toy or bone. 
  • Does not dig unless has a sandbox. Never destroys. 
  • Is housebroken with no mistakes.

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