My training technique with all my dogs is based greatly on my tone of voice. I do not nag. I do not ask. I do not shout. In fact, I have found that all my dogs (different breeds) pay greater attention to me when I use a soft voice. I'll say their specific name first, and then clearly state my intention. My dogs know my tone and not the specific words I use.
I told a story once about my nephew telling me I should take Hondo to an IPO instructor and teach him to attack. I told my nephew that Hondo already knew a command for attack. At that time Hondo loved to go the barn. So when I'd say "Go to the barn?" He'd jump up and charge full steam to the door. The entire time he charged, he'd bark excitedly. My nephew did not know this.
I instructed my nephew to not move when I gave the command. That movement from him would encourage the dog to bite. I placed my nephew in a specific spot in the kitchen where I knew he'd be in the path of the door, and I stood nearby - for my nephew's safety. Actually it was to make Hondo think we were going to go outside.
Hondo was laying on the tile floor in the kitchen watching me. Nephew (who still thought I was pulling his leg) stood in the spot I requested. I looked at Hondo and said, "Hondo, Haggen dause?" I made up some German sounding name, but said it in the same tone of 'Go to the barn?" Hondo let out a roar as he scrambled on the tile to get up. He charged straight for the door, barking his head off. Of course my nephew was in his path. My nephew let out a very high shrill squeal and threw his arms up. I caught Hondo by the collar before he made it past my nephew to the door.
It was over a year later before I told my nephew of my deceit.
Hondo Von Dopplet L Bauernhof "Hondo"- GSD
Lilie's Tug McGraw "Tug" - Golden Retriever
Maggie - Mini Dachshund (Rescue)
Lonestar Pivo - Texas Blue Lacy
Ashe - Barn Cat
Katie / APHA