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Training your dog to only obey the sound of your voice.

I'm half-jokingly asking, but it had me thinking . . .

A couple of acquaintances were playing fetch with Gryffon - he would bring the ball back of course, but he never outs for anyone except for me, so I had to give the 'drop' command for them to continue the game each time. So knowing that I do protection/working dog type training with Gryff, one person asked me if the reason he only listens to me and not them is because he has been trained to only obey the sound of my voice.

I found this very amusing and help back a laugh - seems to me this was a concept out of TV Lalaland. I could already see the next popular Crime/detective show with such a plot, were the killer guard dog was foiled by the bad guys using recordings of the owner's voice to control the dog.

But it got me thinking, is that even possible? Is training a dog to only obey the sound of someone's voice a valid concept in protection dog training? My dog outs for me and not others because of the respect he has for me, and the relationship we have. I really doubt that if someone else recorded my voice and played it back to him, he would take it seriously.

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You could always test the theory a buy a cheap voice recorder for fun
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But it got me thinking, is that even possible? Is training a dog to only obey the sound of someone's voice a valid concept in protection dog training?
My girl listened to anyone who had a toy. I could whisper to her and she knew what I was saying (she didn't have to face me for that). She listened to my sister's kids who barley knew how to properly pronounce words. When we started training for IPO they told me I made a huge mistake for letting other people play with her and for teaching her to let go on command on such a young age (9 weeks old). They said only one person (handler) should play with dog and commanding. She was 3.5-4 years old when I told people not to play with her and after some time she didn't "OUT" on their command. Their dogs are like yours, they only look and listen to their handler/owners.
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[QUOTE=Black Kali;7044338 Their dogs are like yours, they only look and listen to their handler/owners.[/QUOTE]

But do you think it's the "voice" or do you think the dog just blows off other folks because the dog doesn't take them seriously?

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But do you think it's the "voice" or do you think the dog just blows off other folks because the dog doesn't take them seriously?
I don't think it's just the voice. You provide reward - dog listens to you. Maybe I'm wrong, but I really think that it is that simple for some dogs. As I said, my dog listened to complete strangers because she learned they can provide reward. When that stopped she learned that she wont get any reward from them, so she started to play "deaf" when they talk.
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