1. Non-verbal signals are important
2. Word commands should be simple
- Commands should be single syllable: sit, come, stay.
- Keep them simple and don't change them.
- Don't mix meanings - one command should have one meaning only.
3. Clicker training
4. Your dog’s name is not a command
- Only use your dog's name to orient your dog to you.
- Keep names short - ideally one syllable (or use a nickname)
- Don't use your dog's name as a command e.g. yelling "Spot!" when you want Spot to come to you. Instead say "Spot. Come!"
- The name just tells your dog who you're talking to (especially if you have other dogs); the command tells your dog what you want it to do.