June 2, 2014


Posted in: Dog


The key to having a positive relationship with your furchild is communication. They need to be able to understand you and you need to be able to understand them in order for you and your pooch to live happily ever after, together.

Your pooch communicates to you through their tail, ears, barking, whinging, positioning themselves in certain areas and facial expressions. These emotions will let you know if your dog is happy, bored, sad, frightened, anxious, wants attention or affection. If you can understand your pooch, you are half way there to having a solid foundation of understanding, creating a stress free, enjoyable life together.

The other half depends on your pooch understanding you but it is your job to teach them your language. Without them knowing what words mean, they will not know how to behave and respond to them.

Training your pooch to understand you takes so much training, patience and effort. But, get it right and you will reap the rewards for the rest of your dog’s life.

Here are a few bits of vocabulary, vital for your dog to understand and perform. The way you communicate this vocabulary is just as important as your dog doing them.


Saying, No tells your dog that they are doing the wrong thing or about to do the wrong thing. You should deliver this command in a stern and low voice.


Letting your pooch know they are a good girl or boy is a way for you to communicate they did something right and you are over the moon about it. Communicating this also lets them know, you want them to do that action again and again. You should deliver this command in the happiest of voices, the tone of your voice being very upbeat.


Most dogs can master this one, this command lets your pooch know they need to stop, sit down and wait before something else happens. For example, you can make them sit before giving them a treat, dinner, at the lights or before crossing the road. The delivery of this command should be short and sweet.


Saying, Stay lets your furball know they have to stop what they are doing and freeze. This is a good command for keeping them out of danger. I say it to Toby when he is off the lead on the footpath and there is a bicyclist coming towards us. Saying this works best when you draw out the ‘ay’ in Stay.


Okay! lets your pooch know they can unfreeze from a position or can resume what they were doing. This should be said with a short and upbeat tone.


This communicates to your dog, they need to stop what they are doing and follow you. Saying, ‘Come On,’ should be said high and ‘Let’s Go,’ in a lower tone.


Heel tells your dog they have to walk on one side of you and walk the same pace as you, stopping when you do too. Heel is a good command to use on very crowded streets, when your pooch is pulling on the lead or if there is danger on the path. Heel, should be said slow and low.


Telling your pooch to Come is a good one to get them out of danger quickly or if you notice your furball has wondered off. When they hear, ‘Come,’ they should stop what they are doing and come to your side straight away. You should say this command in a cheerful and positive tone.


This means your furball should spit out whatever is in their mouth. Say this in a low voice.