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Dog Training Simple Commands Are the Best

Apr 18, 2008
In dog training simple commands are much easier for your dog or puppy to understand than more elaborate ones. You'll learn this in any obedience training class, but getting the habit does sometimes take a while.

As an example, imagine you are in a training class where the sit is being taught. All over the room, you may hear people saying the word repeatedly, so if the puppy or dog isn't completely confused, he may come to the conclusion that he isn't supposed to sit until he hears the word three times!

By using short, simple one-syllable commands in your training, you are creating a habit of response in the dog. Canine behavior is quite habit-based... actually, so is a lot of human behavior! When you use simple words with a dog or puppy, the words are much more recognizable as communication than if the animal has to figure out what you mean from a flow of language.

Naturally, dogs may notice certain words in the middle of your conversation with someone else. If you ask your son, "Are you ready to go for a walk with Buddy?" it is likely that Buddy will recognize his own name as well as the word "walk." Domestic dogs have been listening to people talk for centuries!

So use one-word, easily pronounced commands -- which, by the way, are also sometimes called cue words. That expression gets away from the idea that you have to be the boss and the dog has to obey! While there are certainly times that do call for obedience, such as when you need the dog to come rather than go into the street, by and large the best dog training evokes willing compliance from the dog.

When you are teaching your new puppy, do use simple terms like come, sit, stay, and down. These are time-tested training commands that work well.

Incidentally, an all-too-common puppy behavior is to jump up on people. You will want a command to stop your dog from doing that. Since "down" means "go down to the floor," that isn't exactly what you need. A better word here is "Off!"
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