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Everybody is under the mistaken impression "animal communication" is one thing only physics can perform. The truth is, most of us are capable of communicating non-verbally with this dogs. Dogs (and most animal species) communicate almost entirely non-verbally, using body signals, eye movements, and intuition. Here are some basic steps to establish a stronger bond together with your dog using non-verbal communication.

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1) Clicker training

Clicker training is hands-down the best way of animal training, employing a "click" sound to reinforce desired behavior. Initially put together by a horse trainer, clicker training is really a kind of operant conditioning. The thought is the fact that any animal (including humans) will learn to repeat an action with a positive consequence, and steer clear of actions which have a negative consequence. What also makes clicker training unique is that the positive reinforcement occurs as the behavior is occurringâ€"not afterward, just like many negative types of training. As an example, if you need to housetrain a puppy to relieve herself outside, you reward the experience throughout the act itself (if she pees outside, obviously). Many people will punish a puppy for peeing inside, afterwards, that is completely counterproductive and negative to boot.

Remember, any form of negative reinforcement will weaken your bond together with your dog. But clicker-trained dogs learn new behaviors, commands and gestures quickly, easily, and enthusiastically. And it's easy.

I've used clicker training to instruct and reinforce other styles of non-verbal communication listed below.

2) Hand signals.

One of the principles behind clicker training is the "click" sound is completely consistent. Vocal commands, however, are not consistent, as a result of very nature in our individual human voices. My British partner pronounces the command "Stay" differently than I do, for instance. And dogs, with their excellent hearing, can hear the real difference. Any difference in modulation (vocal tone, volume, pronunciation of words) can confuse your pet. Did you ever notice that sometimes your puppy will "sit" to suit your needs but not for, say, your cousin? For this reason. Your voices are very different.

Though hand signals, your puppy is never confused by verbal modulations. Hand signals will also be excellent approaches to talk with your dogs from the distance. My dog Chloe wants to run through the fields, and when I want to get her attention Initially when i first blow on the whistle (that causes her to check my way); i quickly make the "come" signal with my arm. It functions every timeâ€"especially because she always gets a click and a treat when she comes.

3) Eye Gestures â€" So many dogs will avoid eye-to-eye contact initially, just because a "stare" in canine terms can be a challenge of dominance. Submissive dogs will avert their gazes to signal their willing submission. With humans, however, his full attention can be an easy method to your dog to state his needs, and the other way round. For instance, if my dog Chloe has to leave the house to alleviate herself, she's going to take a look at me then apply in the door and back at me. Very simple. If I want her to get out from under my feet because i am cooking, I'll examine her then apply at her dog-bed, then to her. These techniques might take some practice, though repetition and positive reinforcement (and clicking), your pet will catch on quickly.

Negative reinforcement and dominance-based alpha male trainers might criticize this process, claiming that the dog shouldn't "boss you around." But think how frustrating it's for all of us humans whenever we feel we are not being understood and heard. My dog is a lot more confident understanding that we can communicate her needs in addition to mine. She seems to feel more respected and cared for. Actually, I had sort of a Helen Keller moment with my dog, when she finally realized I understood what she was "saying" in my experience. She had had diarrhea late recognized and kept running up to my bed, making eye-to-eye contact, after which running to the door. Was she "bossing me around"? Noâ€"she was trying her better to honor my request that she not poop in the house.

You can say it was my dog who trained me in a person's eye gesture method. That i'm very grateful to her. Interspecies communication can be a cool thing. Again, because some dogs usually are not at ease with direct eye-to-eye contact, it is best to practice this process slowly, and/or work with a trainer.

4) Intuition

All people have it; a smattering of us utilize it. Every trainer, whether s/he believes in psychic animal communication or not, will discuss the importance of "listening" for your dog; of spending quiet time together, of sleeping in exactly the same room. All of this is really a kind of intuitive bond, as a dog learns to "read" your vibrations along with your moods. Should you begin to pay attention to your dog's behavior, you'll find that s/he will approach you in different ways based on your different moods. So take notice. And thank your puppy for paying such caring awareness of you.


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We spend considerable time, energy and money attempting to train our dogs to behave like humans. I think all of us can be helped by training our humans to act a bit more like dogsâ€"at least when it comes to communication. Your bonds will become stronger due to this. You'll also find a lot happier, more confident and more obedient canine companion.


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