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Friday, October 7, 2011

Our Secret Dog Language

 We all know the basic command words, sit, stay, down, etc., but do you have any of your own words, phrases or signals that you've developed just for your dog?  Something you won't find in any training book, but is part of your every day lingo?

Here are a few of ours:

"ALL GONE"-  Waving both hands with palm facing dog, like a double hand good-bye.
I started this when Brut was young to tone down that crazed food monster in him.  Any time there are treats or food that are being given to dogs, when it is gone we use this phrase along with the hand signal to stop resource guarding.  Works great!

"BE NICE"-I started using this with Silver when she was a puppy for bite inhibition.  I would keep my hand still and say the phrase and she would let up on her bite pressure.  I've used it with all the dogs when they were puppies and it also works when the dogs get a little crazy with the Boxer the cat.  Though not always as well.  :)

"1, 2, 3"-This is an interesting one.  Brut was driving me crazy one day on a walk when every time he  stopped to sniff something it seemed like I was waiting for all eternity for him to move on.  I was getting so frustrated with him, I started counting to three and on "three," he started walking.  I was so surprised, I kept using it throughout the walk and it worked.

Now the funny thing about this is that I was walking Silver separately as she was quite pregnant at the time and while I've never really had a problem with Silver taking too long, she responded the same way.  And that's not even the best part, when I started walking Fiona and Zappa, without any training before hand, they too also started moving on the count of three.  Chance and Blaze picked up on it just as easy when they came back to live with us.  Pretty cool, huh?  Wonder if those pups were listening from the inside??  bol!

So tell me, what are some of the words, phrases or hand signals that is part of your secret dog language??


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White Dog Blog said...

We also use "All Go ne" and "Be Nice" and for pretty much the same command as you. "Party Manners, Please!" means no faces on coffeetable or acting inappropriately in social situations. All of the WDA responds (we add hand gestures for Nuka, our deaf girl).

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I don't really have any secret words for Frankie and Beryl. I don't have to spell W-A-L-K. Basically because we mostly drive to where we walk. As soon as Frankie knows I'm filling their food bowls he goes and lies down in Beryl's crate and waits and Beryl goes and waits for hers. Are my dogs boring or just naturally polite? I would love Frankie to learn your 1-2-3 code on the rare occasions he does get a walk on lead.

jen said...

Leroy gets the look and then the words "don't do it". He knows that when I give him the look that he has just about reached the limit. Sometimes he doesn't "do it" and sometimes he does:)

Sarah said...

I use "don't even think about it" when I see one of them starting to do something they shouldn't. It's got about a 5% success rate with puppy Hurley but the older gals know exactly what I mean.

Unknown said...

we use the word easy and back

Kristine said...

Heh, great idea for a post! We have a ton. I am always surprised when Shiva seems to recognize the words we use that aren't necessarily specific commands. But because we've used them so much she learns to associate them on her own.

For instance, we use the word "chill" a LOT around our house and have since day one. Any time she gets excited over nothing or barks at random sounds or jumps around like an idiot when I am trying to put her leash on, ie. any time she does anything, I find myself using the word. Can you tell I grew up in the 90's? But she seems to get that I mean "calm down" and normally reigns herself in.

I may have to answer this question in a post of my own!

Bailey Be Good! said...

Haha... mommy uses LOTS and LOTS of phrases!! Just a couple would be... QUIET, slow down, no pulling, and look outside. Teehee!

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Pup Fan said...

I use "All gone" pretty much the exact same way! We have to give Bella a thyroid pill with each meal, so it's wrapped in meat. She won't go eat her food until you make the all gone signal so she knows she isn't getting anything else.