Gold Canyon Dog
May 30, 2020
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About Your Dog's Natural Ability To Understand

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Before we get into actually learning the steps of how to teach your dog, you must know about what a dog has the ability to understand. How well you communicate with your dog will determine its intelligence level - on a human scale, that is. Communication is instinctual in every species of creature. Dogs naturally communicate using their voices, body language, and even by detecting odors. A dog is able to learn words, phrases, inflections (that is the tone of your voice), and body language. They can understand more of your language than most people realize. Many instructors and training manuals make grave mistakes when discussing an animal's ability to pick up language. You are not going to be taught here to make limiting errors with your pet's education.

What you probably have been told is that dogs can learn only one word commands. This is not even close to being the truth. While it is good to make commands short, a dog can understand word strings as well. Commands are not the only thing you want your dog to understand. How would you like to be spoken to only in order to be told something to do. You will want much more communication with your pet than just "sit", "stay", etc.

Dogs can learn to understand any phrase that contains words that he knows - if you teach them correctly. I am not saying that your dog will understand every word in a string. For example, when you say "Fido want to go for a walk" Your dog will not understand "to" or "for" no matter what you do, but if correctly trained, he will recognize his name, "want", "go", "walk". That is quite enough to let him know what he is being asked and respond to you.

By learning words, and learning to put them together in strings, he is able to put order to his thoughts just as a human does. If he learns the term "go", he will understand that he is going someplace. If he learns the term "swimming" he will know what activity he is engaged in. When he learns "go swimming" he can put the words together and know that he is about to be taken to some water to have some fun. If there is something that you take with you each time you take your dog swimming, you will find that very soon he will go get that item when you tell him he is going swimming, too. He will also retrieve that item and hand it to you whenever he gets the idea on his own that he wants to go swimming. My dogs have all adapted habits of following me around the house with leashes, shoes, backpacks and other items they have learned to relate to an activity when they want to go somewhere.

What words your dog will learn to understand are any that can be put in context for him. I will cover this concept below in the training steps section. This concept is one of the most important for you to understand when attempting to train your dog.

You can also teach your dog to respond to hand signals with a command as well as the word itself. Body language comes naturally to dogs and if you teach them a hand signal with command, your dog will learn both quite easily as long as his vision is normal. Not only do silent commands come in handy at times, they also help to reinforce the ideas behind the commands you teach them.


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