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Teach The Right Words In The Right Ways

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013


Girl training her dogVocabulary words are the building blocks for getting your dog to do what you want him to do. Doesn't it make sense that he needs to understand what you're saying before he can DO what you're saying?

I've been training dogs and teaching dog obedience classes for over 30 years. I'd like to show you the techniques I've developed for teaching 100 WORDS to your dog that will make him the smartest, most well-mannered companion you've ever had.

Dog training words your dog should knowFor example, you definitely want your dog
to know (and obey) these words →

Of course, you don't need to teach all 100 words! Even if you teach only a few of the words on my list, you'll still be rewarded with much better behavior. EACH word you teach improves your dog's behavior just a little more.

But first you need my techniques for getting your dog ready and eager to learn.

Why is it good to teach your dog words?

Girl training her dog by teaching him wordsDogs who know what your words mean are the happiest, smartest, most confident dogs in the world. Dogs who know lots of words fully understand what is expected of them.

  • Dogs who know words know what to do.
  • Dogs who know words know what NOT to do.

Dogs love the security of knowing what to do and what not to do. And their teacher is the person they come to view as their trusted leader. They look up to that person. They believe in that person. They trust that person to do anything with them, to handle them in any way necessary.

You want yourself to be that person. Which is why YOU must always be the one to train your dog.

You've heard of dog training schools that promise to take your dog to their establishment and train him for you, then send him home to you?

I wouldn't even consider this. Dogs aren't robots who can be programmed by someone else to listen to you and do what you say. Dogs listen to you and do what you say when they respect you – and they respect you only when you are the teacher and leader who earns their respect.

No one else can do that for you. You have to do it yourself.

An educated dog is a true companion, while an uneducated dog is just a casual pet.

Boy training his dog to listen to wordsAn educated dog is a thinking dog. He looks at you and reads your facial expressions and body language. He listens carefully. He pieces together individual words into complex actions.

"Where's your rope toy, Buffy? Where is it? Go find it. Oops, that's your hedgehog toy. Drop it. Good girl. Now go find your rope toy. Is it upstairs? Go upstairs. Upstairs. Get your rope toy. Good girl, you got it! Bring it here. Good! Now give it to me. Drop it. Good girl! Yay!"

Are you interested in a dog like that? Good for you!
My dogs are like that – and yours can be, too.

First, your dog has to learn the meaning of all those words. That's where you come in.

You need to know the best words to teach.
And you need to know exactly how to teach them.

In my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words, I'll show you how to teach words to your dog in specific ways that encourage him to respect you. Then he will not only understand what you say, but also DO what you say. My training method is based on sensible leadership – no hitting, yelling, choke collars, shock collars, or clicker training. Read more about Respect Training.