Lesson One: Word Recognition
It is well known that dogs can understand up to 40 words.
Today, you will choose the first ten words you would most like your dog to learn.
You will see that some of these examples contain more than one word; for our purposes, they function as one multisyllabic word.
Here our the first ten we’ve decided on for Tweedy:
1. GOOD BOY!/G’BOY!
2. COME, TWEEDY, COME!
3. BAD DOG!
9. DROP IT!
10. in your crate
You know how helpful it is to encourage visual recognition when a young one is first learning words. To facilitate this, we have taped note cards with each word or phrase in boldface letters on corresponding objects around the house.
Good luck with your pooch. Don’t forget to lead every lesson with the three Cs: confidence, calmness, and consistency.
Remember that no matter how many shoes he ruins, no matter how many $100 vacuum cords he chews, no matter how many wool rugs on which he poops, your dog’s ultimate goal is to please you, his loving owner.
NEXT WEEK: Lesson Two: Is Fido Ready for a Second Language?
Until we meet again, rrrrrrruff from twinkly and Tweedy!