9 Common Words Used in Dog Training

Most of us know that dogs don’t actually understand language! I know, shocking right? Especially when you read stories about how someone gets a dog from France and it is ‘incapable of understanding English’. Well, most people realise that all ‘foreigners’ can understand English, it’s a simple matter of shouting the words LOUDLY and SLOWLY in a patronising voice, any way – I digress – here’s 9 common words in the dog training vocabulary….


1. Bait: A treat used to get your dog to give you his attention. 

2. Collars: Collars are, believe it or not, quite a controversial subject – so let’s just leave the definition as ‘something that goes around the dog’s neck and is often attached to a lead’ 

3. Cord or Long line: A piece of cotton or nylon cord, very lightweight and small in diameter (in relation to the size of your puppy or dog) with a snap at one end and a handle at the other. 

4. Correction: A physical or verbal restraint to the dog. Something that the dog does not like. Something negative / not positive. 

5. Free: Without restraint. 

6. Leash or Lead: A leash is normally six-foot or thereabouts leather line with a handle at one end and a snap at the other. It should be small enough in width to comfortably fit in your hand. 

7. Praise: Positive physical or verbal reassurance to reward your dog. 

8. Reward: An edible treat or tossable toy. 

9. Show leash or Show lead: A lightweight lead. This type of leash comes in different materials, fabrics and lengths. Some show leashes have built-in collars while some are to be attached to separate collars.

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Jasmine Kleine

Jasmine Kleine

Jasmine Kleine is the the online editor at MyDogMagazine.com. She is an experienced dog owner and professional writer who lives with her two beloved dogs, Mabel and Charlie.

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