Another question on training:
One of the issues training dogs is that they don't actually speak English, or any other language. They just know to associate the sound we make with a behavior they perform. We say 'Sit' and through conditioning the dog sits.
This leads to some fun side affects. For instance if you get in the habit of asking your dog to sit before you ask it to lay down eventually your sit will turn in to lay down.
The other bit of fun is repetition. How many people will do the 'sit, sit, sit, sit, sit' thing to their dog? I've done it in the past but I've learned not to do that. Same with other commands. If you say a command and the dog does not respond repeating the command is probably not a good idea, eventually it just turns in to white noise the dog's brain filters out. The repeated 'NO!' your dog hears eventually is meaningless.
Also not helping is that the command words show up in our day to day language outside of dog training. For instance, "Hay! COME here and look at this!" you yell to your wife when you discover your winning lottery ticket. On the phone 'yes, yes, yes, that is exactly what I mean'. Your dog is hearing all this. Your dog does has a context free language parser - so those yeses were all approval of whatever the dog was doing at the time (say dragging his butt across your dining room carpet).
One of the ideas I have is to not use commands for my English vocabulary. Your dogs don't speak English. They really have no idea what you are saying to them. So to avoid using words that we use in everyday conversation why not grab words out of a different language. For instance: for most people it is highly unlikely their dog will ever encounter Klingon being spoken. Or Latin.
According to the Klingon to English translator sit in Klingon is "ba'".
I've gone through and picked out roughly 10 commands using Klingon. Here is the problem I see: I've had the commands available for a week and I've yet to use them. It sounds like a great idea, but at this point I really think its a great deal more trouble than its really worth.
Any thoughts on this?