If you have a dog as your best friend, I am sure that you have spoken with him on more than one occasion. Just say what do you want? Meal? Are we going for a walk? And depending on his intelligence and your understanding, he will understand you more or less. Even so, there are tricks or tips that can make your communication improve enormously since the dog is a social animal that loves to please you and that we pay attention to it.
In this article, we are going to guide you so that you discover how to talk to your dog in a way that he understands you. In this way, your relationship will improve and you will avoid fights and unwanted situations. Keep reading!
1. Get their attention
There is no point in practicing an order or trying to communicate with your dog if you haven’t caught his attention before. Use their name or a specific gesture to do it.
You should know that dogs respond much better to visual stimuli, for that reason snapping your fingers, saying hello, or moving your arm up and down are good tools to get your pet’s attention.
2. Decide which words will enter your vocabulary
Although dogs are highly intelligent animals, they have difficulty differentiating words with similar phonetics. For this reason, I always recommend setting very specific and short words for each order and accompanying them with a visual gesture that is also specific.
3. Always use positive reinforcement
The best tool for your dog to understand you is positive reinforcement. You can use it with small prizes or also by using the clicker. Dogs learn much faster when they are awarded, although remember that you should not only use treats. Cuddles and warm words are also good reinforcement for your best friend.
4. Repeat, repeat and repeat
Dogs are animals of habit: they like to have a fixed schedule of meals, walks, games … In this way, they understand life better.
Likewise, the dogs appreciate the repetition of the commands even if they are already learned. Stimulating your brain with about 15 minutes of obedience a day will be essential for you to have fun and also not forget everything you have learned. Even if you are an adult you can also include new tricks and games.
5. Much affection and love
Although your dog may behave badly on some occasions or be disobedient, the magic formula that will cure everything (in more or less time) is the affection and love that we can offer to our best friend.
Having patience and being attentive to their needs will help us to communicate better with our dogs.
Be positive and practice with him every day so that he can understand you and you can understand him better.