Effective Communication in Dog Training

Dogs are exceptional creatures. They adapt to countless situations. They are phenomenal in association: including learning the meaning or implication of a lot of noise, such as human language. A dog "vocabulary" can reach upwards of 150 different words!

However, regardless of how smart, how skilled and how to adapt them, the dog will never be verbal animals. Their first language, so to speak, not words, but body language. Because of this, it's only natural that your dog will interpret your words though "filter" – from body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, even your attention.

And if one or more of these "do not agree" with the words you use, most dogs will "obey" your body language!

In my experience, most of the obstacles in the Dog Training process result from miscommunication, not willfulness, stubbornness, or domination. Although this article is geared to train the family dog, the fact is that if your dog is strictly a family pet, a competitor in the sport of dog, or a dog full-time work, getting the most out of your training time means learning to communicate effectively with your dog.

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Communication starts with Attention

Perhaps the most fundamental form of communication is your concern. This applies whether you are teaching some new skills, practicing an old one, or fix the sophisticated behavior.

When you give your attention to something your dog does – through touch, voice, eye contact, smile, or laugh – you draw attention to the behavior.

This tells your dog that you find the behavior worthy of interest. Dogs, being sociable creatures, found mostly strengthen interaction and attention.