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07-05-2014 11:08 PM
Juliem24 German was my first language. I think dogs may respond to the sound of the language, it seems harsher to me. The word sounds themselves, I mean. I know that if my mom or dad wanted to quick time my obedience they'd use German rather than English! And when my uncles would get drunk and argue it was like GSD playing...very rough and noisy.
My dog knows both, and hand signals, which I like, but he came to us that way. I probably would have not taught German since we don't compete. Sometimes there's so much sound and nose that hand signals are just easier and more clear.
07-05-2014 10:52 PM
lalachka
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It could just be that she is very intelligent and will do anything for a ball. I was half joking, but it WAS awfully mysterious.

I wasn't talking about you, sorry, I knew you were. I meant that I heard similar comments before and to me they made no sense
07-05-2014 10:51 PM
glowingtoadfly It could just be that she is very intelligent and will do anything for a ball. I was half joking, but it WAS awfully mysterious.
07-05-2014 10:50 PM
lalachka
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For some reason Skadi picked up on German really quickly. Maybe it was the harsh sounds appealing to her Teutonic temperament?

OK, this is why I asked))))) because I heard someone say that gsds respond better to german because they're german dogs.

This sounds ridiculous. If this is true then I don't know what to say))))))
07-05-2014 10:42 PM
glowingtoadfly For some reason Skadi picked up on German really quickly. Maybe it was the harsh sounds appealing to her Teutonic temperament?
07-05-2014 10:42 PM
lalachka
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I guess you could. I had a couple dogs that I taught "stay close" (loose leash walking) and "heel" (attentive heel position at my side). But the other thing I like about having competition commands in a different language is because it helps me have a "competition demeanor" which can also help my dog stay focused on me. The commands feel snappier in German (or whatever other language is used) therefore I carry myself with more purpose. It's helpful to Kaiju because it is body language that he associates with super rewarding work.

OK this makes some sense)))))
07-05-2014 10:39 PM
Pax8
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I understand the need to differentiate between formal heel and street heel. I guess I was wondering why not use two diff words in the same language

Forgive my 'showing off' comment. That was mean. But I'm still wondering))))))
I guess you could. I had a couple dogs that I taught "stay close" (loose leash walking) and "heel" (attentive heel position at my side). But the other thing I like about having competition commands in a different language is because it helps me have a "competition demeanor" which can also help my dog stay focused on me. The commands feel snappier in German (or whatever other language is used) therefore I carry myself with more purpose. It's helpful to Kaiju because it is body language that he associates with super rewarding work.
07-05-2014 10:34 PM
lalachka
Why commands in diff languages

I understand the need to differentiate between formal heel and street heel or any formal and every day command. I guess I was wondering why not use two diff words in the same language. For example, down and lay, heel and with me, etc

Forgive my 'showing off' comment. That was mean. But I'm still wondering))))))
07-05-2014 10:08 PM
glowingtoadfly OK, so now I understand this concept and will do pet stuff with English and competition stuff with German.. That is if we decide to ever compete.
07-05-2014 09:56 PM
Castlemaid Same reason as others say. I was already using Heel for a regular loose leash heeling, so started using Foos for the eye-contact competition heel.

I was using Down for the down command, but find that Platz comes our easier, and sounds clear and sharp, so I used that for formal obedience.

I use other commands in German because that is what I was taught at my SchH club, and I'm too lazy to think up an English equivalent.

I've started using some French commands for some of the Rally-O exercises to keep them separate from the commands we already know for SchH.
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