Dog Training Tip of the Day- Adding a Verbal Cue

I just found this pet related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

This is my dog training tip of the day for today. It is a continuation of the last tip. In this video you will learn how to add a verbal cue to a behavior that you taught with a hand signal. There are three easy steps to teaching a Verbal Cue: Step 1: Give the hand signal 5-10 times to help the dog predict what you will ask next. Step 2: Say the Verbal Cue BEFORE you move a muscle to do the Visual Cue Step 3: Put time between your new Verbal Cue and your Visual Cue. Wait the dog out and see if they will offer the cue without the hand signal. As you could see Kiko did not know what I wanted at one point, and offered another behavior besides the ‘Spin’. Instead of telling her she was wrong, I made a kissy noise and asked her to touch my hand to reset her. If she had continued to guess incorrectly, I would go back a step and give her the ‘Spin’ hand signal again after saying the verbal cue. The more you play this game the faster your dog will be at picking up new cues. Kiko now knows after a few minutes, that ‘Obama’ is the new word for ‘Spin’. DOGS ARE SO SMART! How to train your dog to listen to you how to train your dog to obey voice commands, how to train your dog to verbal cues how to switch from hand signals to verbal cues how to cue your dog with just your voice dog training obedience training canine freestyle clicker training puppy training what you need to know to train your dog how to teach spin and twirl with just a verbal cue How to teach your Chihuahua to spin

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  1. ZandersStory says:

    lol, too crummy. Great walkthrough on verbal cues, Emily! Super useful. 🙂 I sometimes get so excited about teaching new tricks that I stop teaching at the hand signal and move on to the next trick, heheh. It looks wayyy cooler to do a visual cue! 5*s!

  2. lilitayaya says:

    I am not sure that Boogie is as smart as Kiko but thank you again Emily for another great tip!!! Now I know what I have been doing wrong (saying the verbal cue at the same time as giving the visual one). Going to try this! – Lili

  3. Urkasiasmu8 says:

    Fantastic! 5*

  4. supernaturalbc2008 says:

    Helpful tip as usual! I get lazy and usually stop at the hand/body signal.

  5. Yet another great tip from you, Emily! This will surely be used by me in the future! Thank you! 5 stars!

  6. dalyamou123 says:

    thnx for making this video! *****

  7. libbiswwety says:

    irgend jemand lust und laune af bissl cam chat mir ist so öde 🙁

  8. I was also not sure when and how to start with the ques, so Thanxs for this vid

  9. chihuahuabulldog says:

    I really enjoy your videos.

  10. AnimalLoverLizzy says:

    Thanks for another brilliant video Emily! Once again, this helps me greatly while I’m trying to train that pup we’re looking after this month! 🙂
    5 stars!
    Lizzy & Sparky

  11. i thought ur boobs were sweating at first when i watched this vid. does this trick work on girlfriends?

  12. So funny!
    Nice Prompt Switch!
    I have been going to write an article on a prompt switch for a couple months now and have not gotten around to it.

    Good show!


  13. only1ization says:

    i like to molest dogs

  14. MegF142857 says:

    Shouldn’t the verbal cue “Obama” be for spinning to the left? Sorry, just had to say it. LOL!

  15. waybackofbeyond says:

    You have a way of making it oh so clear! Thank you, again!

  16. natalie4cuti says:


  17. kylejackisunn says:

    to the left to the left 😀

  18. ilbrancoagilityteam says:

    Un ottimo metodo per inserire il cue. Grazie di cuore del video e della interessantissima lezione 🙂

  19. 00iCrazy00 says:

    @MegF142857 Left wing joke?

  20. bluepetmusiclover says:

    How do you teach Kiko to touch your hand to reset??

  21. JiveDadson says:

    “Obama” means spin to the LEFT.

  22. That’s great. I tried it and it worked perfectly. But unfortunately my dog now always wants to offer me the right spin when I try to add the verbal cue for the other direction..

  23. tuvaale says:

    Really good videos. Am going to be spending a whole lot of time in here. Thank You.

  24. Civicblabla says:

    Do i have to have a “clicker” or cant i just clap my hands or some other clicking noise?????

  25. MamereClaire says:

    Perhap you could use “Palin” for spin to the left and really have a good joke going! Thanks for the great tips. Claire

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