Steve DeBono | Tue, 02/14/2012 - 21:24
I'm generally pretty quiet with my dogs, other than chatting with them about my day or maybe what I had for lunch. I’ll praise them when they do something I like and direct them in some way if I need to alter their behavior. If we're on an off-leash hike, there are days that they might never hear a word from me, yet I’m still constantly asking them for behaviors and responses.
My silence gives me leverage. I want the sound and tone of my voice to mean something... I couldn't give two craps whether they understand my words. If I'm walking one way and they go the other, I'm not going to yell "COME!” at the top of my lungs. What leverage would that give me when it's actually important for them to respond? How is the dog supposed to know that "This time he really means it!" if my tone is always one of urgency?