You’ll have a much better relationship with your dog when you understand what they’re trying to tell you and vice versa. This can also speed up human and dog bonding after adoption. Whether you have a new puppy or have had your senior dog since they were a puppy, you should have a strong focus on communication with your dog.
Here are a few ways to effectively communicate with your dog so that you both understand what you’re trying to tell each other.
Don’t Get Angry
Dogs are dogs and will get out of control at times. They’ll chew up your new shoes, they’ll tear apart your new cushion, and they’ll sneak that steak off your plate when you’re not looking. It’s important to maintain your cool. If they do something bad, don’t get angry, and never punish them. Negative behavior can actually ruin human and dog bonding. Dogs are like children and won’t understand what they did wrong or why you’re so angry. See this as an opportunity to correct their behavior for next time.
Reinforce Good Behavior
If you see your dog being good, then reward them for their good behavior. Tell them how good they are, and give them a small treat when they play with only their own toys or sit when you tell them, or when they leave your food alone even when you leave the room. Some dogs like pats or belly rubs. Soon they’ll understand that you’re happy when they do certain tricks, or respond to your commands. They’ll be far more likely to continue doing that good behavior, as it’s making you happy.
Puppy & Dog Training
It’s never too late to learn some common puppy and dog commands. Some people use verbal cues, while some dog owners use sign language to increase communication with their dogs. Clicker training has been proven to be effective for dogs too. It can be used to lure them into a specific position or to tell them that yes, they have done what you wanted and are good doggies. Do learn how to recognize your dog’s feelings and body language, as that can also help you to work with them on their behavior. For instance, instead of punishing your dog because he won’t walk with you, he may be frightened of the dog across the street. Now that you understand, you can turn and go a different way.
Use Eye Contact or Not
Some dogs find eye contact threatening, while others thrive on it. If your dog turns his head away from you and assumes a submissive stance, you may want to avoid this confrontation in the future. On the other hand, your dog may enjoy staring at you to capture your attention. Don’t assume that one type of communication will work with your dog. If it doesn’t, move onto another form of communication.
Human and dog bonding has been around since we first made friends, but it can also be taken to an entirely different level. It’s possible that communication with your dog can be even more successful than your communication with other people.
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