Learning how to have our dogs listen to us a little better. Depends on our ability to ACT. You know, act, act, the silver screen, the little screen, hitting the boards call it what you like. For us to start communicating with our dog or any animal for that matter, depends on our ability to act in a manner that they understand.
Dogs follow our emotional lead. Acting.
Dogs follow our emotional lead, Acting.
We can not FAKE an emotion with our dogs. Our dogs have a lot more experience at this form of communicating, than we do. Thankfully for us it’s easy to learn. And thankfully we already do it.
Everyday in our lives we act, interacting with the people in our life. Whether they are people that we love, people that we like, or people that we don’t like. We act differently depending on the circumstances. And for most of us, we are believable. Why ?, because we mean it, where not faking it, well OK, maybe we fake it sometimes but you know what I mean.
To often when we are trying to communicate with our dog, we rely more on the spoken word, and not enough on the emotional content of our speech. Because of this we tend to start getting frustrated and upset relatively quickly. When this happens, our dog will never understand what we want.
Now this is a lot easier said than done since I can’t personally show every dog person how to do this. But in a nut shell by us remaining calm we can calm down a dog, by us getting excited we can get a dog excited (play), in the middle off the day if you want to take a nap your dog will nap along with you. They will follow us in every thing we do, if we know what were doing.
Like I said before, when our dog starts doing something we don’t like we often get excited ourselves while trying to get them to stop. And because of our excited (remember the play thing) body language ( which is most often excited frustration) we will have a snow balls chance in hell of getting that dog to listen to us.
We have to practice being calm with our dog in small increments of time 20 seconds, 30 seconds a minute maybe. The duration of time to do this is determined by how long you can keep it together before freaking out.
You have a great day.
The Spirit Dog
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