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Ideas for What to Call Your Rally & Competition Obedience Skills

Updated: Oct 10, 2021


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Your cues, commands, signals, words... You have so many options!


Your dog can learn that any word cues any skill that they know. It’s just a matter of training it properly.


There are many reasons to give your dog a unique cue for a skill. Some people just want something that sounds nice to them. Some people want to pick a word that other family members will not say to their dog. Some people want to pick different words for each of their dogs, so that the dogs know for sure who is being talked to. Here are some ideas for cue words for the main skills in Rally and AKC Obedience.




Heel

Heel

Follow

With me

Right here

Side

Leg

Let’s go

March

Strut

Prance

Walk on



Left Finish

Heel

Left

Port

Close

Side

Place

Finish

Swing

Flip

In/Get in

Get ready

Turn



Right Finish

Finish

Right

Starboard

Wrap

Around/go ’round

Circle

Behind

Swipe

Swoosh

Pass



Front

Front

To me

Here

Come

Close

Face / Face me

Center



Sit

Sit

Tuck

Scoot

Plop

Butts



Down

Down

Fold

Lie

Drop

Settle

Floor

Stop

Flop



Stand

Stand

Pose

On-your-feet

Freeze

Kick/Kickback

Pop/pop up/pop out



Stay

Stay

Wait

Pause

Relax



Spin

Spin

Twist

Circle

Turn



Jump

Jump Over

Hup

Fly



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