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Part II - 3 Commands You Can Teach Your Dog to Understand

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Getting your dog to leave what he's doing and come to you is a tall order. Dogs aren't robots; they're kids with fur. Think of how hard it is for a child to leave the playground! Imagine your partner or a friend calling you away from an activity you love. 

Think of come like a sports-team huddle. You're calling your dog in for a quick re-connection or a new game plan. Say it loud, confidently, and toss your voice in the direction you'd like him to follow. Here are a few easy steps to get you started.

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Part I - How to Train Your Dog to Understand Words

Kids learn words one at a time. Parents hold up an object—“to-ma-to”— assign words to routines like "bedtime" and "let's go for a ride," and teach their children the meaning of various instructions like ‘come to dinner,’ ‘say please,’ and ‘time for bed.’ When repeated over and over, words start to sink in and routines become habits.

While dogs lack the ability to understand deep meaning, they can identify the meanings of more than 200 words. Dramatic new research shows that dogs not only understand the tone of voice used, they also recognize actual words. And dogs are one of the few animals that care what we're saying.

Hundreds of words, you might be thinking? I have trouble getting my dog to focus on his name!

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