Having a dog is great, but sometimes it could feel like they don’t speak your language. This however is true, because most animals are speech impaired, but dogs are more sensitive than other creatures. Hence communicating with your favorite four legged friend shouldn’t be as hard as writing your final exam. But, in the event that it is, we’re going to help you get through it.
You’re probably going about it the wrong way. There’s no way a dog will understand a complete sentence you speak, and trying to get him to will be more futile than getting an elephant through a needle. Hence, you’ll want to get with the basics while also limiting your sentences to simple phrases if not single words.
It’s about eye contact
You need to establish a healthy way of maintaining eye contact with your dog. If you can get them to look directly into your eyes you’re a step closer to successful communication. This is because, once they see the expression in your eyes, being as sensitive as they are, they will automatically know what you expect from them. Dogs are bred for companionship and this involves communication, maintaining eye contact with your dog also ensures mutual respect and understanding between both parties. It will also teach them to look at you for guidance instead of someplace else and your commands will always be their priority.
Show your dog what you mean
The key to communicating with dogs is to show them what you want. It’s easy to yell ‘sit’, ‘roll over’ or ‘play dead’ without getting any form of response from the dog. Hence you’ll have to do the work in making sure they understand what you’re saying, while maintaining eye contact of course. So take your dog out to the park, bag some treats and show them what you mean by ‘Sit’ or ‘roll over’. When they eventually get it right, reward them with treats. Do the opposite when you want them to know they did something bad. Let them know that ‘bad’ doesn’t get treats, while ‘good’ does.
Use your hands
Don’t shy away from using your hands to aid your communication. Simple hand gestures go a long way in this. Try calling them with just your hands, or pointing to something they’re supposed to get. This will help them know what you mean without uttering a single word and consequently make you reserve your strength for other purposes
Lastly, make use of simple words or phrases which your dog can understand easier. Using these helpful tips consistently will make you and your dog will have a mutual understanding in no time at all. Happy communicating.