Dog Training and Dog Care advice from UK Professionals

Choosing Dog Training Commands

Selected Article

Dog Training Commands are obviously essential, but the choice of commands is often overlooked by dog owners without giving that choice the importance it deserves during their dog's obedience training.

When choosing which commands to use for a dog, don't do as most people do and just use whatever you think sounds 'normal' or most common. These are often the least effective commands to use. Regardless of how well you train a dog to respond to its commands, the words you use will always have a huge impact on the overall effectiveness and reliability of the dog's responses to these commands.

The most important thing to bear in mind is how OFTEN your dog is likely to hear that word or sound. If you use a word which your dog will be likely to hear often when it is NOT actually being used as a command, then you will always be on an uphill struggle with your dog's sharpness and responsiveness to that word.

A good example of this is NO. Whilst many see this word as a correction, it is not, it is a command, and we should try to think of ALL words in the same way. NO is not a way to tell a dog off, but a way to command it to STOP what it is doing immediately. Therefore if you wish to have a quick response to such a command, why use something so commonly used in everyday language?

Imagine you are a dog who has been taught that NO generally means he must stop doing something, and usually the dog will sense that whilst its not a punishment, it IS a correction through the tone and situations when this command is used. So you understand this word, you are laid in your bed in the corner of the room, and your owner is on the telephone to a pushy sales rep, are you getting the idea?! If your owner were stood there saying NO, NO, NO repeatedly throughout the conversation, you would probably be lying there rolling your eyes, ears back and licking your lips in anxiety. Whilst this is a problem in itself (i.e. its not fair on the dog) it is also a perfect way to DESTROY the accuracy of the command when it is directed at the dog.

Use words which sound weird or unfamiliar to you now, these will be words which you don't often say and therefore make great words to use for commands. With my dogs, i don't use the word NO, i use a sound, and each dog has a different NO sound, it might be PSSSH, or AH AH, or NEIN (german for No, don't use if you are German!) etcetera. The reason is because i never make these noises or sounds OTHER THAN when speaking to the dog in a situation which requires a correct reaction. Foreign words are perfect for this, but literally anything will do, as remember a dog knows nothing of language, just sound associations, so as long as you make a sound and make it the same each time, its perfectly effective.

By using and CHOOSING commands which your dog is almost certain never to hear other than when you WANT the dog to hear it and understand it, you will make things much easier for yourself and your dog, and your dog's obedience will be FAR more consistent in return.

K9 Shop... View Cart

Choosing Commands
Distant Sit
Hand Signals
How To Give Your Dog Commands
Recall - Old Vs New Methods
Using Your Dog's Name

Share this K9Obedience page

Free Email Tips
Today's 2 FREE Gifts...

Free Dog Ebook
Get our
most popular
Dog Ebook

Free 'Your Dogs' pageClaim a
'Your Dogs'
page FREE!

Just sign up for our FREE Dog Training Tips below...
(More Information)

Your Name:
Your Email:
Dog's Name:
Hot Products
Best Selling Dog Training Course Best Selling
Dog Training
Ultimate Dog House Training Guide Ultimate Dog
House Training
Dog Health Home Guide
To Dog Health
Border Collie Guide Border Collie
Owner's Guide
Secret Deadly Ingredients of Dog Food Secret Deadly
of Dog Food
Get a FREE Webpage for your dog! Get a FREE
Webpage for
your dog! Your Dogs Page Vet Secrets -
Home Vet Care
Get our Most Popular Dog eBook FREE Today!
Copyright ©2009
All Rights Reserved Worldwide
Site by FAD