The terms we use to communicate with our dogs are very important. The tone of our voice can also separate praise, commands, and corrections.
Use a firm strong voice when giving a command and only give the command once. Do not repeat. Speak with a deeper grunting sound when correcting. And use a higher, happier voice when praising and encouraging your canine buddy. Be careful not to get your friend so excited that you lose control.
Balance is the key to everything. Use the proper “language”
Each attempt to communicate begins with your furry friends name. That way “Fido” will know you are talking to him. However first teach him to pay attention to you.
Move your pointing finger from the dogs eyes to yours and when they look at you tell them to “watch” and praise them. As they give attention to you give them a treat that you have held in your hand with your folded fingers. Once he is giving you his attention, Fido is ready for the next step.
As stated earlier it is important not to be repeating the commands over and over. You want Fido to sit when you say sit, not sit sit sit. If your dog ignores you after giving the command sit, give a stern no, then sit and assist Fido into the sit position.
To help a dog learn a new command ensure it is successful from the very beginning. Before introducing a new command make sure you have control and are in a position to make make Fido complie properly with the command you have given him. Dogs do not speak a human language but learn by associating a word, sound, or gesture with a particular movement.
Training a dog is like eating an elephant. The only way to do it is one bite at a time.
Keep at it gradually…little steps one at a time. Don’t try to do too much at once. Make sure your dog understands each step or command before you try to move on.
Use one simple command for each action desired and do not change the “language”. If you want to have two commands for one action such as sit teach them one at a time and make sure Fido understands one before moving on to the next. As an example a hunter may want his dog to sit on voice command or sit on one whistle blast if his dog is a long way off.
It is also vital for family members or friends to use the same commands with your dog or he will get very confused.
The most important thing in training your dog is to keep it very positive and make sure you and Fido are having fun.
Important terms in training
WATCH! Teach Fido to look to your eyes and expect instruction
ECH, NO, Wrong Behavior! The dog did the wrong thing. Should be given in a lower gravely, solid tone.
OH or STOP! For mouthing or chewing.
GOOD DOG! Completed right action. Said in a lively positive voice. It is to let the dog know you are pleased and happy with him.
SIT! Usually this is the one that starts it all. When Fido learns this consistently you are able to get control of him in any situation.
DOWN! Not to be confused with sit, when the handler says down he or she normally wants the dog to lay down. Don’t forget to be precise in your commands.
STAND! This is a perfect command when fido is being examined by your veterinarian or the duck hunter wants his dog to mark incoming birds.
STAY! The handler is telling the dog to remain in the position he has been put in.
OKAY! The handler is releasing the dog from the last command given.
LET’S GO! The purpose for the handler could range from taking a walk or going to a specific spot for Fido to relieve himself.
HEEL! The handler wants Fido in a very precise position by his or her side. Usually left and when the handler walks the dog walks, when stopping the dog stops in position.
COME! The goal is for the dog to come anytime and everytime he hears this command. No matter what!
OFF! You want your dog to obey this command every time as well to keep him from jumping on people, furniture, and countertops
TAKE IT! This allows you dog to know when it is ok for him to eat something or put an object in its mouth.
DROP IT or OUT or GIVE! When the dog hears this he should release whatever is in his mouth.
LEAVE IT! As much as he wants it, Fido must learn that he cannot pick up and chew anything he wants to.
WAIT! Means Fido should stop wherever he is at and wait for his next instruction. This may be within a short period of time or an extended amount of time.