These key words can belong to the typical ball, good, fetch and walk genre, or can be terms that you introduce to your dog early on. You can add to their positive vocabulary – alongside some tasty treats – when you’re training them to sit, stay, fetch or heel. These expressions also come in handy if you need to take your dog to a grooming salon, day care centre or to the vet’s.
“When we speak to our canine patients, we need to reassure them and make them feel comfortable,” says Dr Katrin Jahn from the German Veterinary Clinic in Abu Dhabi. “We usually use a softer, high-pitched tone, and include a lot of praise, such as ‘what a good or brave boy / girl’ or ‘you’re the best patient in the world’ and so on. I think it makes us seem less threatening, even if we do need to give a little injection.
“Many pets are nervous, anxious or just unsure when they come to us, so speaking in a friendly voice and using words that they may know and have positive associations with, helps calm them down in an unfamiliar environment.”