A lot of people worry that owning a dog will take away from their time with their other pets. These fears are often grounded in truth. If you have a fussy cat or a laid-back hamster, then getting a dog is probably not the best idea for you. But, it doesn’t mean that dogs can’t be part of your family.
In fact, with the right training and some patience, most dogs can learn to understand you better and build an attachment to you instead of just being driven by instincts to hunt and scavenge. Here are some tips on how to help dogs understand you better.
Confidence is the key to any successful relationship. When you are confident in your own abilities, it gives your dog the message that you are in charge. Dogs are incredibly smart, so they can pick up on your cues and use them to their advantage.
If you are unsure of how to train your dog, it will surely sense it and become more difficult to train. When you are confident in your training abilities and in your relationship with your dog, they will not feel threatened by you. They will also be more receptive to your cues and hand signals.
Speak Clear & Slowly
Dogs have much better hearing than people do. For this reason, it is extremely important to speak clearly and slowly when training your dog. If you speak too quickly or too loudly, you will send a strong message to your dog that you are too excited and not in control.
This will cause your dog to become defensive and aggressive. Be sure to speak slowly and clearly so that your voice is not loud but can still be heard. This will also help to avoid any miscommunications between you and your dog.
Use Hand Signals
Dogs see their world in a very different way from people. This means that they are naturally more sensitive to visual and auditory cues that are different from their own. Because dogs are social animals, they crave human interaction and will often seek out people as the source of these cues.
Dogs use hand signals to communicate with one another all the time. Unfortunately, most people are familiar with only the hand signal for “sit” and “stay”. If you want to train your dog to understand you better, you should make sure to teach him or her all of the hand signals that you use to communicate with people.
Feed High-Quality Food
Dogs are carnivores by nature. If you feed your dog a high-quality diet that is high in protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals, your dog will find it easier to learn and will have a much higher chance of understanding you better. These are not expensive ingredients that are found only in high-end dog food.
These ingredients are found in most dog foods, but due to the “fillers” that are often found in cheap dog foods, most dogs don’t get enough of these vitamins and minerals. If you feed your dog a high-quality diet, he or she will have a much easier time learning new behaviors and will have a much higher chance of understanding you better.
If you change things up when training your dog, you will confuse him or her. This means that it will be much more difficult for your dog to learn and will have a much lower chance of understanding you better. If you are consistent in your training, you will be able to teach your dog to understand you better and much faster.
If you change up your training, you will likely confuse your dog and make it more difficult for him or her to learn. This means that it will be much more difficult for your dog to understand you better and will have a much lower chance of succeeding.
Don’t Shout Or Yell
If you shout or yell at your dog when you are training him or her, you will be doing your dog a great disservice. This is because dogs are much more sensitive to loud noises than people. If you shout or yell at your dog when you are training, you will be causing your dog to become scared and aggressive. This will make it much more difficult for your dog to learn and will have a much lower chance of understanding you better.
Keep Training And Stay Consistent
If you find that your dog is not understanding you better, don’t give up! This is often an issue of patience and consistency. If you are consistent with your training, you will be able to train your dog to understand you better. However, if you change up your training methods or try to hurry your dog, you will be doing them a disservice.
This means that it will be much more difficult for your dog to learn and will have a much lower chance of understanding you better. You will be much better off if you are consistent in your training methods and keep training your dog until you have made progress. When you are consistent in your training methods, your dog will eventually learn to understand you better and will build a strong emotional attachment to you.