Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
I give them commands in a normal tone of voice and they respond well. Since I have two dogs, I always preface which one I want to do something with their name. "Brody, sit." "Tsura, down." And they are smart enough to know the difference. In fact, I use the same commands for both, so if just say "sit," they will both sit, but Brody knows he doesn't have to if I say "Tsura" first.
If they aren't listening to me, I "bark" their names. Short, not angry, but moderately loud. It gets the point across instantly - they know they aren't in trouble, but need to stop whatever they're doing and listen NOW.
They never ignore the "bark." Brody took off once to try to go say "hi" to some people walking their dog down the alley. I "barked" his name and he literally left skid marks in the grass coming to a halt.