I'm a doggy talker, are you? You know, one of THOSE people who talk to their dogs - a lot! If you do, then your dogs probably have KEYWORDS. Those words, when heard in the midst of lots of other words get their attention.
I've been thinking about Lizzie's keywords a lot these days. The longer you and your dog are together, the more specific words spark their interest.
Of course, changing your tone to a doggy friendly one can assist you in identifying your dogs keywords.
With Lizzie it goes something like this...
"I was thinking about going for a WALK, does Lizzie wanna go for a WALK?" Head tilts, eyes open wide, ears are alert, and then she takes off for the door.
I figure she probably hears, "Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah WALK blah Lizzie blah blah blah blah WALK!"
Same goes for RIDE, BISCUIT, GOODY, TREAT, GO and a few others.
I also noticed how well she knows her "new" name. She was Ginny for almost 5 years and has only been Lizzie for 9 months. Talking to dogs has its rewards, especially when they respond to their keywords so adorably.