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Vocabulary That Your Puppy Can Understand
A dog or a puppy absolutely
thrives on consistency. This is true all the way from finding and
sticking to the right kibble to deciding what is and what isn't
acceptable behavior. Consistency makes a pup very, very much happier
and more secure than the bouncy kind of life many of us humans prefer.
Maybe you'll have to have periodic family councils to hammer out just
what kinds of canine behavior are and are not acceptable to various
members of the clan. By all means get it straight among the human
members of the family; otherwise, if you are unpredictable and all
pulling in different directions, the puppy will end up a confused mess,
and it will be your fault. Once you have agreed on what goes, enforce
the rules. "Oh, let her do it just this once," is a sure way to wreck
the training program and confuse the pup.
Your puppy probably comes to you having either no vocabulary or a very
limited one. Decide your words of command and make the whole family use
only those words. It's not productive when people go chattering away,
nagging and nagging their puppies with the vocabulary of human adults,
then wondering why the poor, silly puppies don't seem to get the
My Wife and I had a discussion
some years back
about the terms we used to encourage a puppy to eliminate outside. He
was, I think understandably, somewhat put off at standing around
telling a huge our Dane puppy to "Go potty." I find that term
comfortable and easily understood by a pup.
However, as I agreed with
him then and still do, use any term that's easy to understand - which
means short - and comfortable, as long as that's the terminology you
always use for that particular behavior. With Tiger, whom we were
house- breaking at the time, Charles got outstanding results by telling
her first to "make a puddle," then telling her to "go poop." After all,
those were the words she understood.
There is another all-purpose word that is used over the years with
puppies: GENTLE. Drawn out and said slowly, the word sounds like the
behavior we are encouraging. When a puppy is playing too roughly, for
instance, a calming hand accompanied by the repetition of the "Gentle"
command will serve to quiet the situation.
The puppy isn't doing
something essentially wrong when you want the "Gentle" command - it's
just doing too much or too vigorously. So, the curious puppy that is
nosing a resident cat will be warned to be GENTLE. I want the puppy and
the cat to get along - insist on it, in fact - so this is not a time
Obviously the older dog that knows "Gentle" will understand what it's
doing wrong if it gets too rough with a puppy. The puppy who greets
someone too rambunctiously is throttled down, as it were, with the
"Gentle!" warning. If you think of the "NO" as a red light, "Gentle" is
the amber, or warning, light. A very useful command, I've found.
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