Dog Communication – Communicating with Your Dog

Clarity in dog communication is essential

Dogs can discern some human language as well as body expressions, but most of the ways we try to communicate seem a bit foreign to them.

Humans move their hands a lot when they get excited. Puppies know from our voice that we’re happy, still they might think that we’re angry with them, because throughout the animal world, quick, exuberant movements usually generally mean aggression or danger.

When dogs don’t do what we tell them to, it’s not because they’re stupid or stubborn; more likely, they’ve been given confusing signals. Once you understand how canines understand you, such confusion should decrease.

Most dogs are familiar with the variety along with volume of their owners’ voices, but other voices can be confusing. Pets don’t pay attention to terminology so much as to tone and laughter, while they’re particularly good at comparing voices with body language so people can say one thing while their dogs actually interpret something different.

Humans don’t have to disguise their voices to communicate withy puppies, but raising the pitch slightly can help. To pet’s ears, a higher voice sounds happier as well as less threatening. Trainers often recommend using an lively, slightly high-pitched tone, because it can help pet dogs respond with more enthusiasm.

Still, high-pitched voices can sometimes cause problems of their own, especially when used for discipline. If you always use a high-pitched voice to encourage your dog as well as to generally  jolly him along, you may find the same tone has much less effect when you are trying to stop him doing something. It’s worth lowering your voice a notch when giving reprimands. Even if you don’t sound angry, the deep, gruff tone will spark your dog’s memories of early authority figures, as well as he’ll be more likely to do as you tell him.

Young or submissive pet often let out high-pitched barks or yelps, while higher-ranking dogs are likely also to give a low growl. Some dogs get slightly nervous around men as well as deep voices because they associate that pitch with imposition of authority, or with the reprimands their mothers gave them when they were young.

Puppies are experts at reading all kinds of body expressions, so they can immediately tell when your vocabulary or tone of voice aren’t telling the whole story. This often happens in vets’ offices, where owners try to soothe nervous most dogs by telling them that everything’s okay. The pet know perfectly well that’s not true, as well as their owners’ attempts to give comfort may have minimal effect or even confirm the need for alarm.

Similarly, trying to reassure a scared dog who is growling will probably just increase his tension because he’ll interpret soothing expressions as support for what he’s doing. He simply won’t understand that his behavior isn’t appropriate. A better approach is to tell your dog sternly to stop it. He’ll respond to the firmness in your voice and will know that you’re in charge and that you’re able to handle things from then on.

When you understand how your dog perceives you as well as your actions, it will become easier to communicate with him effectively.

Likewise, if you use a serious voice to tell your dog to stay but a few seconds later give him a wink, he may perceive that you’re giving him permission to get up and move around.

Putting on a happy face does come in handy when you want to congratulate a dog for following orders. But don’t try to fool dogs in addition to “false” terminology, as well as try not to mix the signals you’re giving. Pet dogs only feel secure when they know what you’re feeling; mixed signals make them nervous and uncertain.

Dogs try to understand people’s speech and actions by translating human behavior into pet expressions, which may cause confusion.

It’s essential to refrain from laughing when most dogs have done anything wrong, no matter how amusing, because canine interpret laughter as a happy sound that means they have your approval. To keep getting your approval in the future, they’re bound to do the same thing again.

When dogs want to learn more about other a dog, they focus on posture. Dog-to-dog messages are clear-cut because both pet dogs are speaking the same language. But pet dogs are in foreign territory when they try to decipher most human body terminology. When dealing along with pet dogs, be aware of your body vocabulary plus make sure that it’s communicating the same thing as your voice. The two are likely to be at odds when you’re trying not to communicate that you’re cross with your dog. Even if your voice is calm, your dog will see that your face, arms, as well as shoulders are stiff, all signs that you’r on edge. He’ll be confused because your message isn’t clear, so he won’t know how to react.

Pet study people much more intimately than we ever realize. Should our facial terminology not match-the other signals that we’re giving, dogs get confused. When you’re trying to act stern, for example, but your eyes are twinkling or your mouth is curving into a smile, dogs aren’t sure which to believe, your stern voice or your happy facial expression.

It’s normal for us to interpret canine behavior in human terms, but our judgments mostly aren’t really accurate. Human beings often swear that their dogs look guilty when they’ve done something wrong. But as far as we know, dogs don’t feel guilt. That means that when you come home and find the trash on the floor with your dog cowering through the corner, you can’t assume that he knows he did something wrong. In all likelihood he’s simply responding to the cross look on your face. Or maybe he recalls from previous understanding that trash in the course of the floor is bad news when you’re around.

The main thing is to always make your reaction match the situation. If your dog is to understand what you really mean, he needs to be able to make a logical connection between his action along with your response. He may not like being corrected, but at least he’ll see that as a predictable response. But starting to scold your dog, then suddenly relenting plus indulgently giving his ears a scratch, will seem inconsistent, along with that will leave him confused.