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The importance of the voice

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Free yourself from the worry that your dog will understand the words you are using. That’s exactly what he doesn’t do. As excellent “vocabulary learners” dogs associate an action, an object or a person with the respective word if we use it often enough and clearly. So you don’t know what “sit” means, but you learn to sit down when we say “sit”. But if we confront our dog with a “Sit down!”, With a different emphasis, he has no idea what we are asking of him. And if we even speak in full sentences, the “seat” built into a sentence for the dog’s ears changes so much that he literally no longer understands it. Because it is the sound pattern that impresses the dog, such as elongated vowels or harsh sibilants.

Use sound images for dog training

Dog trainers use sound images in a very targeted manner. They don’t say “Sitz”, they utter a short, hard “Sitztztztz”, not sung, but on the same note. “Platztztztz” and the “Bei Fussssssss!” Sound similar, which is only “Fussss!” In the repetitions. is called. Thanks to their good ability to combine, dogs learn that commands with sibilants require an immediate reaction, full concentration on people.

But who is as consistent as a professional trainer? Our voice usually adapts automatically to our mood. When we get angry, we forget the calm, specific, short “Bei Fussss!” and confuse our dog, who also feels the leash jerk, with “confused stammering” like “No, here, slowly, leave it”, or – even more incomprehensible for dog ears – by grumbling out his name.

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Are you finally coming or not?

It is very similar with the “here”, which is supposed to signal the dog a spoken “whistle” in a melodic and drawn-out manner. So don’t shout “Here”, “Come”, or “Here”, but always loudly and long “Hiiiiier!”, Combined with an enticing name call and – most importantly – a “Braaaav” as a welcome thank you when your dog says “Hiiiiiier.” “also followed.

Error calling the dog

Most human errors unintentionally happen when calling. After all, what reason should a dog that is puffed up roughly, say, “Bello, are you coming here immediately?”, To run towards us happily? He can already hear our anger from the intonation. Often enough, his premonition is also confirmed by an angry “Well, finally” or “It couldn’t have been faster, what”, combined with a threatening gesture. Give it a try. Even the stubbornest dog learns a long and promising “Hiiiier”, in connection with his encouragingly pronounced name, very quickly and permanently, if he is greeted warmly after his arrival. Force yourself to praise yourself, suppress impatience and anger, at least in your voice.

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