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Talk to your dog

Updated on April 2, 2012

Communication is the Key

Dogs communicate mostly through body language but face it folks, its hard to know for sure what your friend is trying to tell you all of the time. That's why its key to establish a verbal line of communication with your dog starting on the first day. All dogs no matter their age are able to learn how to verbally communicate as long as positive reinforcement is applied.

Look your best friend in the eye and speak clearly. Then motion toward what it is you are indicating and very quickly they will begin to put things together. For example: Does he want to go outside? Well then don't acknowledge his desire until he gives you that sharp bark of affirmation. Keep asking until he does so and verbally adore him but do not reward with treats, this is not a trick and you do not want your dog to think he is going to get a biscuit every time he barks. Use this basic method for everything else you need to communicate and it will clear up any misunderstandings you may be having.

It is essential that you spend time talking to your dog. He needs to hear your voice and he needs to know what you call the things in his world. At times my lab will not want to leave the backyard but using verbal communication I am able to literally ask him what it is he wants to do. Usually he wants to walk out front and survey his domain. This didnt work out so easily before he learned what "out front" actually was. Try it and be patient with your best friend, just like he is with you.


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      6 years ago

      I agree talking to your dog establishes that bond. I do not have one now but 2 little girls pressing meI may have one sooner or later

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      6 years ago from Tennessee

      Great hub! I was having problems of separation anxiety with my dogs and one of the problems was that Cacau would not let me sleep. In addition to my action plan ( one day I was just exhausted and looked my dog in the eye and told her: "tonight mommy needs to sleep. You will let mommy sleep, right?" It may sound silly or be a coincidence but that night I did sleep all night long with no doggy interruptions. Of course that alone didn't do the trick but a combination of actions like attention, discipline, and play time probably put her in the mood of listening. Dogs are also very sensitive, and that's where I think the body language comes in. They just "sense" our energy and respond accordingly.

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      Laura Matkin 

      6 years ago from Laceys Spring, Alabama

      You have a clever way of communicating with your lab! I agree it is important for people to talk to their dogs and use body language. Dogs understand body language much faster than words alone so putting words with your body language is a wonderfully fast and effective way to teach your dog to communicate with you.

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      6 years ago from Melbourne

      I love the look into your eyes with their big puppy dog eyes... and then urinate on the lounge room floor!


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