Consistency in dog training means delivering cues the same way each time. Use the same syntax. Tonal variations will have an impact — bright tones will bring up the dog, while low ones will slow him down. Cues sharply delivered may prevent an error if your timing is good, but raising your voice is no substitute for training.
Try not to talk too much. An abundance of cheerleading or chatter may result in a dog without the confidence to think for himself and solve his own problems.
How to give cues
Say cues once. Do not repeat yourself.
Refer to the Vocabulary List for acceptable cues. Use the same cues every time. (“Sit” versus “Sit Down” or “Can you sit?”)
Speak clearly, calmly, and happily.
Make sure your dog is watching you before you ask him to do something.
Teach your dog that there are times to relax and times to work. Between exercises, allow your dog to settle. Release him from positions like Sit, Down, or Stay with a tap on his head and the word “OK.”
Food rewards should be small, soft, and tasty.
Use a treat pouch, contractor’s apron, or pockets to hold food rewards. Do not attempt to carry an entire bag of treats during training. It is also ok to have the mother lode of treats off the body, and some stuck deep in the palm of your hand. After a few repetitions, go reload.