Posted on Fri, 10 October 2014 in More-training
Does your dog really understand a verbal cue?
Dogs prefer using physical cues (movement, proximity, body language, hand signals, facial expression) to determine what behavior is being asked of them. Verbal cues are a human preference. The 'Clever Hans' effect occurs where the animal uses fine physical cues such as a frown, holding breath or other body language as a cue for what behavior the person is asking for.