Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
A breed that has been used for herding and guarding for centuries, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, or “Swissy,” enjoys being a member of an active family and excels in activities including hiking, carting, herding and backpacking, Peterson said. With a large, muscular build and black, white and rust colored coat, the Swissy fit right into a game-filled afternoon spent in a park or backyard. Two commands all dogs should learn, especially those that spend a significant time outdoors with various people and other animals, are “come” and “off.”
“Come is the most important command that a dog can learn because it can safe its life,” Peterson said. “Another great command to learn is off, which you can use to teach your dog to stay off counters or not jump on people.”
Using the command “come” in a positive way will be the most effective, Peterson says, as you want your dog to associate the action of coming to you with good things (like treats, toys and praise) instead of negative things (like a bath or a nail trim). She also suggests teaching the command in a fun way, like calling your dog to “come” and running away, so they are motivated to come to you and consider training to be a fun game.
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