The `no’ command is the most effective command, and it can be used on all occasions of misbehavior by your dog. However, your dog can assimilate a large number of commands like `go’ `come’. `Sit’ lie down’, `stand up’, `move’ `fetches’. `Run’, `stop’ and so on. Thus, on the one hand are the short orders which the dog can learn and remember in dozens. So in the first instances teach him only short commands and speak to him only in these commands and nothing else.
Your dog will get used to these commands, and will act according those. Thus some language will be established between you and your dog. Let this continue, and your dog will now understand you perfectly, provided you can teach him all the orders with patience.
In course of time, if your dog if of the more intelligent type, he will understand and pick up your language flow in accordance with your moods which your intelligent dog can now surmise. So, after this dog has become thoroughly adjusted to you and your family, you can talk to your dog casually and seriously as if you are talking to another human being. It has been observed that a more intelligent dog can be distinguished by his tendency towards others.
If he is just self centered, if he only likes to eat, sleep and have all the conveniences to himself, then he is a less intelligent dog, even if he shows affection for you, wags his tail to you and cuddle up to you.
The more intelligent dog will have a protective spirit. He will have his favorites in the family, and if other members try harm them, (these may be little children, the master himself, the mistress, the aged members, and so on) he will give out growls of disapproval; next, he may bark or make a show of attack on the antagonist. Also, if there are other smaller or younger dogs, he may take upon himself to act as their protector, in the sense, that he may not at all like anybody tease or bully the younger dogs. These qualities make a dog more intelligent, and given proper opportunity and proper adjustment facility, such a dog will develop a very close affinity and involvement with the members of the family where he was grown up.