teaching your dog by issuing command when training him.
Commands are special words that you repeat over and over to condition him to
Although there are certain command words that most trainers teach, in theory
you could use any word you want to designate a command.
The most important thing is consistency. You must always use the same word for
the same command. Mixing command words up will only confuse your dog and make
training him more difficult if not outright impossible. The tone and pitch of
your voice is also important. It must be commanding.
The first 2 are
conditioning commands that you use in combination with action commands.
As the word
implies, no is used whenever you want your dog to stop whatever he is doing.
For instance if he urinates on the floor instead of going to his crate to pee
saying no in a stern tone of voice gives him the message that what he did is
The key thing to remember with dogs is that your tone of voice is extremely
important when commanding your dog. This is because dogs are very influenced by
voice tone and body language.
On the flipside
saying “good dog”, lets your dog know that you approve of what they just did.
When you say this you should combine it with a physical gesture praising your
dog for a job well done. This one should come naturally to most of us but it is
important to know how to use it in combination with other commands so you can
positively condition your dog to obey you.
Getting your dog
to stay in one place can be a challenge. That's where this command fits in. Sit
your dog down and with a stern tone and command your dog to “stay”. If he
doesn't listen, say “no” and start again. The key is repetition and
consistency. If you start while he's a puppy it shouldn't take too long.
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