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Doesn't respond to voice commands

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I have a 18 month old Toller. She knows about a dozen tricks by hand gesture, but doesn't seem able to learn them by voice command.

She does her puppy obedience commands by voice well enough (she comes when i say "come"...), but when I tell her to "spin", she looks bewildered and then does tricks she knows at random; apparently hoping one of the is "spin". When I move my finger in a circle she immediately spins.

Many of them she has known for year, but just doesn't seem to connect verbal commands to the behaviors. How do I improve this?
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I've been doing that for a year, and it hasn't helped!
If you want to include verbal cues in the repertoire, that's up to you. Just start adding each verbal slightly before the respective signal while practicing, the dog will eventually begin to anticipate the forthcoming signal. Then simply drop the signal.
I think that is it. I have been doing the verbal and signal at the same time, assuming she would associate them. But I now suspect that since she had the signal, the verbal was superfluous and she just ignored it. I will work on my timing.
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