How to Communicate with Your Puppy!
Your puppy is not a mind reader. That is the first rule you should keep in mind when trying to convey a message to your dog. For your puppy training to be successful and run smoothly, you should take the time to figure out effective strategies for communicating with your dog.
Try also to understand the body language of your puppy and what it is trying to say when it is barking or wagging its tail. It will save you both a lot of frustration, during the puppy training.
Even though the interspecies understanding between dogs and humans is high, a lot of the things you are telling your puppy can easily get lost in translation. What humans consider “normal” behaviour might be totally foreign or sometimes even offensive to dogs.
Humans communicate through touching, hugging, making hand gestures and raising their voices when they get angry or upset. All of these things are confusing to dogs and can be interpreted as a threat, especially by young puppies.
Here are a few tips for effective communication with your puppy:
Use the Right Tone
A loud, angry tone will scare your puppy and be considered as a threat, while a low, quiet voice will not get your dog’s attention in the first place. Therefore, throughout your puppy training, it is recommended to use a high-pitched, soothing and excited tone.
Not only will this tone get your dog’s attention in a highly distracting environment. It will also not scare it away and make it feel threatened. You can also use unusual sounds, such as kissy-noises or whistles, to compete with any other surrounding noises.
Be Consistent And Use the Same Words
According to experts, the average dog can learn about 165 words or even more with intensive training. It shows that although your puppy does not speak, it is capable of understanding the words you are saying.
Therefore, it is recommended to stick to the same words for the commands you are giving in your puppy training. Repetition will also make your dog understand what you are saying. So it is always better to use the word “stay”, for example, instead of once saying “do not move” and another time using “stay here”. It will confuse your puppy.
Puppies can also pick up on the tone you are using. Therefore, you should also concentrate on using the same tone during your puppy training. It will make your dog understand that you are giving it a command.
Use Body Language
Dogs concentrate more on their primary form of communication, which is body language. When you are training your puppy, pay attention to your hand gestures and body language. Unintentional movements can give your puppy mixed signals.
Develop a Two-way Communication
This is a two-way street. Always make sure to keep the lines of communication with your puppy open and show your dog that you understand it as well. It will help you maintain a healthy relationship with your puppy.
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