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Old 02-21-2012, 08:03 AM   #16
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:37 AM   #17
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I'm teaching my ***** (sorry. my dog's a female) how to pull my wheelchair. I already use "go" for another command, so I need a different short-syllabelled word for "go" and "pull" is too close.
I want a colorful, maybe graceful, single word (up to 2 syllables) to use after she's harassed-up with her butt to me and I'm ready for her to start pulling.

She's a 4 year-old pit if that helps any.
How about "Please?"
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:55 AM   #18
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How about He-Ya. More of a sound than a word.
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You're right. Next I need a word for "please don't chase anything while my chair is hooked to you!"
One thing is for sure, a pit is solid muscle and a good choice for a pull dog, I would have never thought about using a dog to pull.

Why don't you use a sound to make her go, like we did back when all we had were mules and a wagon. Will you have reins on her sorta like a horse?
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:14 PM   #20
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How about He-Ya. More of a sound than a word.
This is more helpful than you may think.

Dogs do not know words. They do not have a vocabulary.

They respond to sounds, inflections, and motions.

You could use "Abracadabra" or "California" to indicate ANY desired reaction... Go, Stop, Turn, etc.

My dog responds well to two and three syllable combinations... better than he does to many single syllable utterances.

At "Cut across", he will leave the paved road, and 'cut across' a grassy corner at the park.

When he hears "Cross over", he crosses the road we are walking down at about a 45 degree angle till he is at the other curb where he continues his straight line walking alongside me.

He also responds to "quit' and looks at me to see what he is supposed to quit.

At "Stop", he halts in his tracks. He 'eases' to a stop at "Hold it".

He doesn't know "Go".... He just continues whatever he was doing at the sound of "OK".

Of course he does the usual "Sit" and "Stay".... but all these single syllable sounds have to be clear and sharp.

He will turn around whether I say "Turn around", or just "Tur'roun". He responds to the "sound" of the command, not to the specific English words.

He will "come" if I simply hold my arm straight out to my side. Or If I clap. Or if I say "Come"... or "Come here"... or "Cummere".

Hard as it may be to believe, they honestly do not know English.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:02 AM   #21
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This is more helpful than you may think.

Dogs do not know words. They do not have a vocabulary.

They respond to sounds, inflections, and motions.

You could use "Abracadabra" or "California" to indicate ANY desired reaction... Go, Stop, Turn, etc.

My dog responds well to two and three syllable combinations... better than he does to many single syllable utterances.

At "Cut across", he will leave the paved road, and 'cut across' a grassy corner at the park.

When he hears "Cross over", he crosses the road we are walking down at about a 45 degree angle till he is at the other curb where he continues his straight line walking alongside me.

He also responds to "quit' and looks at me to see what he is supposed to quit.

At "Stop", he halts in his tracks. He 'eases' to a stop at "Hold it".

He doesn't know "Go".... He just continues whatever he was doing at the sound of "OK".

Of course he does the usual "Sit" and "Stay".... but all these single syllable sounds have to be clear and sharp.

He will turn around whether I say "Turn around", or just "Tur'roun". He responds to the "sound" of the command, not to the specific English words.

He will "come" if I simply hold my arm straight out to my side. Or If I clap. Or if I say "Come"... or "Come here"... or "Cummere".

Hard as it may be to believe, they honestly do not know English.
You're wrong about a lot of this.
They're not just teaching my dog.
They're teaching me to teach my dog.
We both go to classes.
I know a lot about training dogs right now.

But anyway, thanx everybody for their input.
I decided on "To tira", which is Basgue for "time to pull".
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how is the word you chose working? i was thinking of "depart"
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how is the word you chose working? i was thinking of "depart"
She's a little confused right now about what I'm asking her to do.
Got to work on her getting in the right position for pulling first.
Hard to get her to be in front of me but facing away from me.
"Depart" is a good one. May try that one, as 2 syllables are much easier for a dog to understand than 3 like to-tira.
Thank-you.
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You're wrong about a lot of this.
They're not just teaching my dog.
They're teaching me to teach my dog.
We both go to classes.
I know a lot about training dogs right now.

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Sorry for the dumb question but I didn't know who else to ask.
Thank you.
Yet you're here asking what to do? Good thing you aren't paying for those classes.

Notice how this poor dog can only respond to single syllable commands?

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I'm paying big bucks for these classes (3: obedience, agility/obstacle, and now "carting". 5 more in the future, total 58 weeks training for about a grand).
Our trainer tells us we can pick any word (s) we want to, just be consistent.
I could use "lay down" when I want her to sit, for example.
With an individual language, nobody else can get her to do anything, as is preferred.
She's supposed to obey me, and me only.

That dancing dog is pretty cool.

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Some sounds depend on the dog's background and what sounds it is familiar with.

I would avoid "gee" and "haw" because you could go in the wrong direction (left or right). Something like "mush" or "slush" are a little unique because they are single words/sounds. My grand-daughter had a pit bull/mastif and a husky and they both knew what to do when she said "mush" and did not get confused by other words. If they were on a leash (snow or no snow) she could be in for rough ride if she said the wrong word or something that sounded like it because they are very obedient.

I don't think there are many dogs that have even heard "mush" or "shush" but, in the mountains and valleys, "gee" and "haw" could be a problem. If you are not near the ocean, "surfs up" could work.

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Some sounds depend on the dog's background and what sounds it is familiar with.

I would avoid "gee" and "haw" because you could go in the wrong direction (left or right). Something like "mush" or "slush" are a little unique because they are single words/sounds. My grand-daughter had a pit bull/mastif and a husky and they both knew what to do when she said "mush" and did not get confused by other words. If they were on a leash (snow or no snow) she could be in for rough ride if she said the wrong word or something that sounded like it because they are very obedient.

I don't think there are many dogs that have even heard "mush" or "shush" but, in the mountains and valleys, "gee" and "haw" could be a problem. If you are not near the ocean, "surfs up" could work.

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True.
Indio knows "left" and "right".
I do some things a little different then the other 100 or so dog owners in her classes because I'm the only one in a chair and some things are, well, different.
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Mods: Today I was trying to show my dog trainer the conversation(s) I had with other posters here and see that some of my posts have been deleted. Was it because I provided a link to the Web address of the school my dog goes to?
If that was wrong, why? It wasn't my web sight and I wasn't trying to sell anybody anything. Nobody was profiting anything or anything like that.
I was just showing people what a good, all-inclusive school my dog goes to, as they teach everything from basic obedience to cadaver and police-dog training, and Therapy/service, which is the goal for my dog, as I'm going to be hospitalized for a couple of months in the near future and I want my dog to be able to be with me, as service dogs can be.
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