Successful Communication in Dog Training

Dogs are amazing creatures. They adapt to countless situations. They are phenomenal at associations: including learning the meaning or implication of many sounds, such as human language. A dog’s vocabulary can reach upward of 150 distinct words! Notwithstanding, regardless of how smart, how skilled, and how adaptable they are, dogs would not ever be verbal animals. Their first language, so to speak, is not words, yet non-verbal communication. Because of this, it is only natural that your dog will decipher your words however a channel – of non-verbal communication, facial expression, tone of voice, even your attention. And in the event that at least one of these disagrees with the words you are using, most dogs will comply your non-verbal communication!


I would say most snags in the dog training process result from miscommunication, not willfulness, stubbornness, or dominance. While this article is geared toward training the family dog, the fact is that whether your dog is strictly a family pet, a rival in canine sports, or a regular working dog, capitalizing on your training time means learning to communicate successfully with your dog and click

Communication Begins with Attention

Possibly the most fundamental type of communication is your attention. This is genuine whether you are teaching some new skill, practicing an old one, or refining an advanced behavior. At the point when you focus on something your dog does – through touch, voice, eye to eye connection, smiling, or laughter – you draw attention to the behavior. This tells your dog that you discover the behavior deserving of interest. Dogs, being sociable creatures, discover most interaction and attention building up. They value it, and will attempt to get it – and this is not in any event, considering whether the dog finds the behavior building up all by itself. So when training, remember that you do not have to actively reward a behavior to build up it.

Bring yourself into a training session focused on focusing on your dog to the same degree that you are asking him to focus on you. Avoid training when you are distracted or pre-involved. This is basic respect and consideration, close to you would give any old buddy! To be attentive to your dog, you do not have to stare at him; however you should know about him. A successful trainer is aware, present, and at the time while training, ready and able to note and reward any and all great responses, as they happen. And if your dog gives a response you were not expecting? Instead of drawing attention to it, verbally or otherwise, disregard it and continue onward! Drawing attention to helpless responses often simply cements them in the dog’s brain, and makes it more probable that he will offer it again. Focus your energy and attention on behaviors you want to see again.