Whether we can communicate successfully with our dog or unsuccessfully with our dog, is dependent upon our ability to use our emotions. The emotional content of our voice, commands and body language is the predominant driving force in our dogs ability to understand us.
I cannot stress the importance of our emotional content enough, while communicating with our dog. This is the number one reason why some people will have a dog that listens to them. While other peoples dogs have a tendency to run amok on occasion.
Calm, Happy, Excited, Angry.
These are the four basic emotions that we use, either successfully or unsuccessfully when interacting with our dogs. We usually don’t have a problem with the happy and excited emotions. We seem to run into trouble sometimes with the calm and /or angry emotion.
What exactly is the problem we run into with those two emotions ? We confuse what they are, especially when our dog does something that we don’t like, we may be thinking anger. But what we are displaying to our dog is, frustration and impatience. That is the main reason we may often think our dog is being defiant, or challenging us when we try and get them to listen to us.
We are saying a whole bunch of words, that mean one thing. While our body language and emotions are saying something else. Then we get mad with our dog for not understanding us.
We must practice and use our emotions when communicating with our dogs.
The Spirit Dog