Monday, September 5, 2011
Going Nuts With Your Dog
Sometimes I just get so mad at my dog, I start screaming and chasing him... ...But it doesn't do any good! He doesn't respond to me. Is my dog just nuts or stupid or what?
Well, there is "someone" stupid and nuts in the group, but it is not the dog. We have to understand that the way we communicate is not necessarily the same way that our dogs communicate. We get mad, we yell, we scream, we chase. What we aren't doing is communicating to Wolfie that he is doing something wrong and that is why we are mad.
Even though the way that humans and dogs communicate is quite similar, it is different enough to breed miscommunication. Eighty percent of how dogs communicate is with their body language. When they are looking at us for communication, they are watching our body language very carefully to understand, from their point of view, what we are trying to say.
One of the most important parts of good body language in portraying that you are the leader and should be respected and obeyed is your ability to stay calm and still. Running, screaming, jumping, chasing; do not send the message you are trying to deliver to Wolfie. When Wolfie is doing something wrong, the first thing that you must remember is to stay calm and still. You can absolutely correct him in a firm and resolute manner, but you must do it while remaining calm and still.
It is amazing how many dog owners do not employ this simple, and almost obvious piece of advise. Not only will you be sending the right message to Wolfie, you will feel better too. Give it a shot! For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.