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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-23-2010, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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In what language do you call your commands?

Just curious
My dad is German so he'd get a kick out of me talking to the dog in German but is it just personal preference? Or does it vary from club to club?
Would it confuse the dog to know the commands in both languages?
These are all questions I was too embarrassed to ask at the club for fear of looking like an ignorant idiot
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The vast majority of SchH people give their commands in German. Why? I have no idea. It seems like it's acceptable to give commands in any other language than English. As I live in the States and speak English, my dog gets commands in English and I refuse to do the - what I consider silly - German thing.

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Just curious
My dad is German so he'd get a kick out of me talking to the dog in German but is it just personal preference? Or does it vary from club to club?
Would it confuse the dog to know the commands in both languages?
These are all questions I was too embarrassed to ask at the club for fear of looking like an ignorant idiot
I trained my dogs in german, they're not super trained or anything amazing, i just dont want other people telling my dogs what to do. I call them good dog in english then say it in german sometimes too...they get it either way and dont get confused at all. Some people may find it dumb or whatever....its just also something fun to do and i learned a bit of a language doing it :-). Plus its funny when a stranger tells my dogs to be quiet and they continue to bark until i tell them to stop. lol.
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When we train in SchH I teach German commands. Others that have Mals in the club do French...some English.
My family members ask for commands in English, Karlo knows both languages. Kacie and Onyx do too, but aren't versed in German as they don't train in the sport~but... I say Platz and they do!

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It woudent confuse the dog just be sure the words dont sound too alike. You could teach a dog to sit when you say apple it dosent make a difference
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in what language do you call
your commands?

i never call my commands.
i only give them to my dog
and take them from my GF, .

get it, i never call my commands,
call my commands. ok, never mind.

that would be english.
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I do the main commands in German. We did this for two reasons. First, because Moose's commands are all in English and it is nice to have them different. Secondly, because I don't speak German in day to day speach, so it is very clear to him when I am giving a command.

As others have mentioned, it doesn't matter what words you use. You teach the dog what the word means.

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It woudent confuse the dog just be sure the words dont sound too alike. You could teach a dog to sit when you say apple it dosent make a difference
True, but is it accepted on the field?
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