Your dog is trotting along happily by your side as you walk down the street, occasionally checking in with you to see if you want anything... He picks up something he shouldn't but then immediately spits it out as you calmly say, "leave it."
Later, your family comes to visit and your dog is able to stay inside because he can greet your visitors without jumping up on anybody, avoiding damaged clothes and dangerous falls and scratches.
The next day you need to go out for the day, and you can confidently leave your dog at home, knowing that there will be no nuisance barking.
These are the life skills that we teach every dog through the Dog Matters Academy. It's not all about sit and stay, although that's covered too, it's about a happier and easier life with your dog from day to day.
You're so close to all this and more. I know this because...