A cue is everything your dog can perceive.


  • Hand signal
  • Body or eye movement



  • Word
  • Whistle
  • Other sound



  • Someone knocking on your door – dog barks
  • Getting into the food bin – dog gets excited for food
  • Platform – dog goes there


Now the fun part… Picking the cue!

  • If you already have a cue but your dog does not respond well to it (at least 80% of the time) let’s pick a new cue
    • It’s easier to condition a new cue than to change your dog’s emotional response to an old one


Use a happy tone of voice when saying your cue.