Commands and signals
In the beginning you have already learned a little about the commands. You already know, that the command is a means, by which we tell the dog, what to do.
Command has under training techniques following forms:
sound, the sign - the dog is at heel
the sign - the dog in front of handler.
First, the dog must master the voice commands, and than gesture. That determines also the exam rules.
Please make familiar yourself with theories of training in your own language.
|Command must be|
understandable and clearly spelled out
unchanging - use the same word
intonation should be deep
accompanied by more advanced training with gesticulation and later fully replaced
one command = one performance
always proceed from simple to complex commands
Command should be a verb in the infinitive (eg "sit"), should not be too long, or replaced and be clearly pronounced. Each variation is in fact command extra!
The average dog handles 60-80 commands. Only the basic manageability, calling them need several. Educational dog also need "help" commands, for example. "No", "Don´t" ... but these commands are not in the exam procedure. Therefore, it is necessary to think about it what commands we use and not to waste them. In practice this means that if you want a dog to sit, always use the command "sit". Often see dog owners, the laity, as forcing the dog to sit and command pronounced in 10 versions - "Sit", "So will you sit down?", "I say sit down!", "You know how you sit down," ... When called is much the same way. So it is only logical that the dog is confused and does not know what his master wants from him. Therefore mostly ignored.
By walking the dog without problems, do not talk to the dog too much. Dog perceives only a moment - his master just rambling and rambling. Although the dog looks like it every second start to speak, he do not understand us, so lets talk to him only when we do not require his full attention. When training do not use too many words that require his attention. Stops perceive us and that makes us only angry, and you punish him because not paying attention to you...
Do not yell the commands. He hears very well, several times better than a human. There is no need to shout commands, all it needs is clearly and strongly pronounced.
Signal to the command must be clear and unmistakable. The gestures we can start only if the dog has mastered audio commands. Starting from simple commands and pass to the complex.
Insist on performance of the command. Always have to apply one command = one performance. The dog must perform command quickly and accurately. If do not completely knows the command, repeat calm, but deep and resolute voice and take the dog into the desired position mechanically. If the command is practiced and dog knows it, the exercise must be done exactly.