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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 have this problem too but I'm hoping to get into some dog sports so it seems a problem for that reason.
Nah. Especially something like agility. You need some verbals but fewer than you'd think. I use basically 3: Here (come closer/take the closer obstacle) Out: (Move out or take the obstacle further away from me), and mark (contact behavior). Otherwise it's pretty much 'do the thing you're pointed at.

You'd need more for obedience, maybe, but only in a 'general cues' kind of way. Given the number of deaf dogs competing - and frankly I own one of them - voice commands matter very, very little for effectiveness. It's ust more natural for us.
If it hasn't helped in a year, then you are doing it wrong. Maybe if you post a video of what you're doing, we can help. Timing is everything.
Also this.

Seriously. A YEAR? There's something wrong somewhere. Timing, consistency, or dog's deaf or something.
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