It's really apparent at our house, where our
For going to sleep at night:
Chad says: "puppies ready to go nuh-night?!"
Brandy says: "puppies wanna go to bedtime?!"
For letting go of toys or things they shouldn't have:
Ramsey understands: "Drop it!"
Suvi understands: "Leave it!"
It's hilarious to hear Chad trying to get them to stop tugging on something. "Drop it! Leave it! Drop it! Leave it!" as he looks at each girl in turn...haha. We are changing to "Drop it!" as that is technically the right command, since Suvi also understands "Leave it!" as something not to touch - "Drop it!" is now the command to drop something she's already
For sitting on hind legs with front paws up, to get a treat:
Chad: "Sit pretty."
Brandy: "Say Please."
These days, we do mostly go with "Say Please." It's really fun to tell your dog to "Say Please" before a guest or friend gives them a treat. Such good manners!
For that quick correction of some behavior:
Chad: I honestly don't even know. I think he just says "No."
Random sound made very quickly in succession. Also very funny to hear Chad try to repeat. Even funnier when I accidentally catch myself making this noise at HIM when I want him to catch him before he does something. Like "enh-eh-eh-eh, don't you dare put that on the counter that I just cleaned!"
For what we call licking:
Ramsey and Pablo give "kisses."
Suvi gives "smooches."
After multiple requests for "no more kisses or smooches," it tends to revert to "quit licking me!"
For giving the dogs the guilt trip when they've done something wrong:
Brandy says: "You're a bad girl!"
Chad says: "You're going to the pound!"
We both use "naughty" from time to time - but no matter the words used, the dogs all give us the puppy dog eyes when any of these three phrases comes out. Apparently, tone of voice is a universal language...
What different words do you use when talking to your dogs? Where did the different words come from?
UPDATE: This happened this morning (Saturday), and it made me laugh when Chad told Suvi she was going to the pound if she didn't learn to sweep. He posted the photo to Facebook.