How to Talk to Your Dog

Dogs are the most social and obedient animal.

One of the main reasons behind this declaration is they understand human’s words and gestures. So, if an owner teaches his dog the basic commands and gestures, it will correctly respond to every command.

A dog understands as many as 140 words and gestures roughly the same number a 2-years old child does.

An intelligent and high breed dog understands even more commands. To teach the understanding of each word and expression, the owner has to follow some special strategies.

To a dog, what you say and how you say both are important. Because a dog memorizes a word with both the sound and expression of that particular word. In the following section, we will guide you about how you should talk to your dog.

Teaching Vocabulary

The very first step of talking to a dog is teaching the dog important words and expressions. You can start with some basic words that we use mostly around the day.

During communicating with the dogs, you have to use very short sentences so that they can recall the meaning of those words and respond to them. Here is a list of some important words to teach your dog with their proper meanings.

Vocabulary List

Before you start talking to the dog, you have to teach it some necessary words. We have listed here some necessary words that you can teach your dog at the primary stage.

  1. Watch Me/ Look at Me: Say it to the dog to focus on you or to make eye contact with you.
  2. Phewy/ Ech/ No/ Wrong: Use all these expressions to respond to the wrong choice of the dog. You should say them in a low firm tone.
  3. Good Dog/What a good kid: Use these to appreciate the good tasks. You should say them in an upbeat and happy tone.
  4. Sit: Probably the most used word for the dog, say to order the dog to sit on any surface.
  5. Down: In the dog’s dictionary, down means lie down. You can use the word in commanding or requesting tone depending on the situation.
  6. Stand: When your dog is in sitting or lying state, you can say it to order to stand on its four feet. This command is very useful at the vet’s office or at the curb on a rainy day.
  7. Stay: Means don’t move from your current position. You can also ask your dog to “sit stay” “down stay”.
  8. Come: This can be a lifesaving command, so whenever your dog hears this word teach it to come to you leaving everything it was doing.
  9. Heel: When you are walking in a very busy street with your dog, use this command to ask your dog to take a precise position at your left side.

Other Necessary Vocabularies

Other than these vocabs, there are also some words that we use regularly like ‘Let’s go’ for controlled walking, ‘OFF’ for jumping up on either people, furniture or countertops, ‘Take It’ for taking food, toys or other things, and ‘Leave it’ for commanding not even think of touching the objects.

Tips for Talking to The Dog

Out of teaching vocabulary, you also have to follow some rules when you want to talk to your dog, especially when you are teaching it actions against the specific words. Here are four suggestions that will help you teach and talk to your dog effectively.

  1. Make Vocal Sound and Gesture Simultaneously

When you pronounce a particular word to your dog, you should maintain the right facial expression so that the dog can easily get the accurate meaning of the word. And when it gets the right meaning, it will obey your order perfectly. Sometimes you can also make a gesture to make the communication even easier.

  1. Call by Its Name

In every command you make to your dog, attach its name before the command.  When you first pronounce its name, it will catch the dog’s attention, after that whatever you say your dog will understand easily. If you start taking without mentioning the name, it may think you are talking to other random persons around it.

  1. Never Confuse

Never confuse your dog while talking, it may have a negative effect on the words it has already learned. For example, you ’re telling your dog “I love you” with an intense facial expression.

  1. Use One Word Once

Don’t say four to five words or make two or three commands at once, make your conversation short. If you say “come, sit and down” at a time, your dog may be in a puzzling situation thinking what it should do!

Summing Up

Teaching necessary vocabs and regular expressions are only the basic steps of enabling your dog to communicate with you. The major step is to keep practicing the lessons you are teaching your dog regularly, then you can successfully develop a great understanding between you and your dog.

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