Training Humans

Posted by Pia

Canines are amazing creatures who inherently wish to know their boundaries and please their leaders. Communicating with, and training, Fido can be more rewarding when the human trainer has a better understanding of how Fido perceives his world. Today's gallery offers some interesting factoids about pooch behavior....

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Dogs can be trained to detect epileptic seizures and other medical conditions.

1 Dogs can be trained to detect epileptic seizures and other medical conditions.

A dog is much easier to train once she knows her name.  Keep that in mind when you adopt a new pooch- be sure she knows her name before you expect her to learn or respond to commands.

2 A dog is much easier to train once she knows her name. Keep that in mind when you adopt a new pooch- be sure she knows her name before you expect her to learn or respond to commands.

A dog is more likely to learn and know his name if the name 
has two syllables. 
(That said, I know plenty of pooches who know their one-syllable name)

3 A dog is more likely to learn and know his name if the name has two syllables. (That said, I know plenty of pooches who know their one-syllable name)

Training a dog a command is more effective if you use a single syllable command (sit, off, etc.),as opposed to a two syllable command.

Madigan - Addison, IL

4 Training a dog a command is more effective if you use a single syllable command (sit, off, etc.),as opposed to a two syllable command. Madigan - Addison, IL

Neutered male dogs are easier to train than are unaltered males.

5 Neutered male dogs are easier to train than are unaltered males.

It is believed that dogs visually assess things first based on their movements, then on their brightness, and then by their shape.

6 It is believed that dogs visually assess things first based on their movements, then on their brightness, and then by their shape.

Dogs tend to learn in context -so when training, it is important to train the same directives in a variety of locations.

7 Dogs tend to learn in context -so when training, it is important to train the same directives in a variety of locations.

Communication is key to all peaceful and successful interactions. Since dogs and humans do not necessarily perceive and experience incoming information in the same manner, it is important that we humans learn a thing or two before teaching our pooch!

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (7)

  • Hi Dr. Pia, So glad you did post a blog today! Learning about dogs and how they respond, learn, and behave is very important to how we get along with them. My sweet little Dudley Do Right watches everything I do and tries very hard to convince me about what he wants, because I always pay very close attention to him. If I'm going to do something without him, I talk to him and he seems to understand and knows I will return soon. When I first got him and left him alone he was very upset when I returned and it took a couple of days for him to accept what had happened. Thanks so much for sharing this terrific blog post! Have a great day! Jan

  • Dr. Pia,
    You certainly are the best. These photos are great today. #1 is my fav. We animals certainly do have a great sense of how our humans are doing. I can always tell when things are off with Mom, sometimes even before Dad can tell. I can it my Basil ESP. Hope your 4th was a good one.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Great advice! I loooove those photos!
    I like what Cesar says about when to use the dogs name in asking or commanding.

  • I liked your photos also and I loved the way you made training seem easier than others seem to imply it is.

  • Dear Dr. Pia,
    I keep a close eye on my Mimi & Papa everyday. It took us a while to get into the swing of things when I first came here last year, but we worked it all out, I know my yard now & not to go into the street.
    Hey, DDR & Basil. Have a great day!
    your amigo,
    Rebel

  • In the July 2011 Martha Stewart Living "your pets" section, the author advised that puppies can hold their bladders "one more hour than its age in months." This is not so, and unhappiness for dog and human will ensue if this is followed.
    Puppies are like infant and toddler children up through their first year - they have to go all the time with little or no control.
    Proper house training of a pup requires frequent potty breaks, especially if engaged in lots of playing inside which leads to lots of water drinking. Take an active pup out every 30-45 mins and it will relieve itself. When it does, say "Good Goldie! Good Goldie go (wee-wee),(pee-pee),(poopie),(potty),whatever term you use. As Goldie grows up she will respond when you want her to go out and get serious before taking a ride or being left in the house for 6 hours.
    Successful house training is being vigilant, sensitive, and attuned to your dog, even getting up in the night in some cases and certainly getting up earlier than usual for a while. But it works, everyone will be happy with each other, and training by trust and command will be rewarding.
    This works perfectly with new dogs,like rescues.

  • hmmm, my friend, Quigley the guinea pig, and I understand our names and commands and lots of things...and Quigley feels lots of pets just let their owners think they are dumb and then laugh at their owners...cheap entertainment for the animals!

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