I've been studying up (with Greg's help) to try to enter Sacha into an AKC obedience trial. They specifically say in their rule book (for obedience) that you need to use a normal voice for commands (no increase in volume). In fact, depending on the judge, you will lose points for using a louder voice.
I have noticed whenever I work her, I use a louder voice (as compared to home). I don't know why. If she knows the commands, then she should know them whether I yell them or say them. Right? I've also noticed that right before a trial (before we're called "on deck"), I take a prong out of her collar, and really give her a couple of good corrections...again, I don't know why. I'm not sure if I do this more for her or myself.
With the puppy, I'm trying something different. With her, I'm using "competition commands" and "home commands." Dutch for competition, English for house. I've heard several people saying that they do this (including people who have trained with the Donovans). I mainly started doing this since having Asja and Rusty here. They have their "competition" commands, which I don't use...but I use their "loose" house commands ("come here," "lay down," etc)....
I don't know if this removes any "compulsion" but I feel like it is just another method to let the dog know that it's time to listen....
"Rumor has it, compulsion is evil."
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