Using the Right Tone of Voice to Train your Dog

Through rewards-based training and consistency, [i4w_ud_DogName] should be learning a great deal about housebreaking, socialization, house rules, and perhaps even some obedience. But did you know that the tone of voice that you use can have a tremendous impact on the respect that [i4w_ud_DogName] will have for you and, therefore, how likely your dog will be to do as you say?

By using different tones of voice, you can choose whether [i4w_ud_DogName] should find the situation fun or serious. By choosing the wrong tone of voice, on the other hand, you may find that your dog behaves more out of resentment than respect, or that [i4w_ud_DogName] ignores you altogether.

The main mistakes that owners make with their tone of voice is that they say the commands too softly and sweetly in the attempt to be “friendly” with the dog, or they sound too uncertain. A tone that is too soft not only fails to convey leadership to the dog, but it can also be challenging for the dog to hear. A tone that rises at the end of the word sounds more like a question instead of a certainty. Neither of these are appealing or authoritative to a [i4w_db__DogBreed].

On the other hand, a command that is said firmly attracts your dog’s attention, showing it that you are serious about what you are saying, and giving you leadership status. But saying something firmly does not mean that you need to shout. A dog’s sense of hearing is much more acute than that of a human and shouting at close range could actually cause your dog pain. More importantly, dogs are extremely perceptive to the way we feel. If you’re shouting it likely means you are cross. And if you are cross, [i4w_ud_DogName] isn’t likely to want to come anywhere near you. In fact, worse still, [i4w_ud_DogName] may even become fearful of you. Saying something ‘firmly’, then, means that you simply say the word crisply and loudly enough to be easily heard.

In more playful circumstances, or when you want your dog to come back to you quickly, try saying commands in a much higher voice than you’d usually speak. Say the word just as firmly as you usually would so that your tone doesn’t rise at the end of the word, but use a high-pitched tone. You may sound rather silly, but it can be an interesting sound to your dog, making it more likely to obey simply out of the desire to take part in the play.

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