Do dogs understand what you say? Many dogs will understand certain verbal commands. This depends on the dog’s level of training and age. Some dogs can understand many verbal commands. If time is taken with your dog, retention will be greater.
The use of inflection is very important to help a dogs understanding of verbal commands. When you are using a command in public that will be important to you and your dog’s safety. Make sure that the command is unique and not a common phrase used all the time. The reason for this is that if it is a common phrase people other than you could use it in regular conversation.
One method of using a verbal command is to add a hand signal as a way to reinforce it. Dogs also have a way of communicating. When using verbal commands it is a good idea to watch your dog for clues of how he is responding. The body language of the dog tells whether your dog is enjoying the experience or whether he is upset. Dogs are a barometer as to the way things should be said. If the dog senses a threatening tone to your voice, he may cower of whine. He also may yawn which by most people is thought of as boredom or apathy.
This is not the case. It is actually a submissive sign to a threat. This could happen because your voice is too harsh and not friendly sounding. Sometimes this occurs when the owner is trying to get the dog to stay and concentration and possibly new to verbal commands can cause the owners voice to sound stern.