Before starting to teach any task its essential that Bella mastered basic obedience first as we will use the basics to build on as the foundation for all tasks.
There are some basics that will be at the core of most tasks, what I generally use are - sit/down/stand - recall - get it - leave it - sendaway - stay - wait - watch - tug - drop - touch
(click on each command to see more)
I have also taught Bella a YES/NO command in the context of her tasks, so for example I might ask her to pick up the remote control by using the GET IT command, if she goes to get the wrong item I simply say NO in a firm tone so its not a telling off more like a guidance, and if she goes for the right item I say YES and she knows to pick it up.
How I approached Bella's training from a very early age set a foundation for tasks I want to teach in the future. There might be situations where I need Bella to jump up, or put her front feet on me and therefore I never punished her for jumping up, if I did that would make her avoid it and impossible to teach certain tasks in the future, so if Bella did jump up inappropriately I would just ignore that behaviour and once she had all four feet on the floor she would be rewarded.
There are also tasks where it is essential that Bella picks things up in her mouth, so I never punished Bella for picking something up when she was a puppy, instead I made a huge fuss at how good she was and encouraged her to come to me and rewarded her for giving me the item. I actively encouraged Bella to pick up a variety of items with different textures, weights and even temperatures and by putting the work in when she was younger, Bella will now pick up anything I ask her to.
The following pages go into more details on how I teach Bella her tasks.
See these pages for more info on ....
GET IT command - PRESENTING - TUG/PULL - OPEN/CLOSE
PUSH A BUTTON - AWAY - DIRECTION WORK
click here for some other useful commands