Your loyal pooch instinctively knows a great many things about you that you may not directly convey. She magically reads your mind through subtle body language signals. But do you realize how fulfilling it might be if she also started responding to human vocabulary?
Learning language grows the mind and mental growth is a key to well being in both humans and animals. Consistent training of the mind keeps ageing and the ill mental disorders associated with it, at bay. Striving towards making your dog understand a few words, commands and other communication cues will create joy – during the learning process and at the time of implementation.
Dog psychologists say that an average dog recognizes about 165 words and the number can go higher with appropriate training. The best part of it is that any owner can become a language trainer – learn how to make your dog learn in these 5 ways that guarantee fun all the way!
1) Teach While they Play – Learning Toy Names is a Great Way to Start Your Pooch’s Vocabulary Training Exercises
Line up a few of his favorite toys, and ask your student to fetch one at a time on command. Start small, say, with just two toys and teach her to distinguish one from the other by the name of it.
2) Keep Voice Modulations Consistent While Teaching Commands
Your aim is to make the doggie respond to your command at a single instruction spoken in your regular tone. Therefore, ensure that, during the training, you speak out a command just once, and at your normal volume. Avoid yelling even if she doesn’t get it in the first few times, else it will put her under the impression that she has to respond only when her master speaks at a loud pitch and it might even discourage your buddy from learning further.
3) Utilize Her Strongest Sense to Aid Learning
The more you teach him, the more are the benefits you reap. Your pooch is a natural retriever, and he does it by his incredibly strong sense of smell. Dab some droplets of an essential oil or perfume on basic items like mobile phone, keys and wallets and teach him to find these objects by associating them with their smell. Now the next time you can’t find your keys, you’ll have help handy!
4) Use His Favorite Food Items to Teach Him Numbers
Your canine is perfectly capable of understanding numbers to a small count. Keep one biscuit in one bowl and two of them in the other. Slowly teach him to fetch the bowl with the number of biscuits you ask him to fetch. Increase the count as he begins to progress. For doggies with weaker math, you can teach how to compare between bundles of different sizes – the bowl with two biscuits can be referred to as small while the one with six biscuits can be called big; upon instruction, she fetches the small or the big lot.
5) Can We Forget the Treats?
Enthuse your dog to put in his best into the vocabulary training exercises by savory treats – he sure deserves a goodie for being a good student! Moreover, you can give the treats names too, so that he starts recognizing his therapy foods in human ways. May we recommend this versatile treat pouch to keep his trophies fresh?
- Canines are better poised to responding to hard syllables than soft ones. Therefore, use words starting in a hard syllable wherever an alternative is available.
- Don’t confuse your beloved pet with synonyms – use the same word for an object at all times, and get all members of the family to do the same.