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Three Important Rules of Pet Communication

Your dog doesn’t speak English, and you don’t speak dog, but you can still communicate effectively with your pet. Your vocal tones and body language communicates volumes to your pet, but you should know that there are some things you shouldn’t do when communicating with your pet.

Rules of pet communication everyone should follow:

1. Don’t use your dog’s name to stop him from doing something.

Dogs get excited by the sound of their own name. It’s usually a sound they recognize and often they associate it with coming in to and pleasing their owner. Always use your dog’s name in a light and pleasing tone of voice. Avoid using a gruff tone when using his name. If your dog is doing something that you want him to stop doing, chastising him using his name will teach him that his name means he is making a mistake. You may have recall problems later as he thinks his name means he is in trouble. Use a simple growly sound instead when he is making a mistake.

2. Never hit your dog

Physical violence and pain are not acceptable tools for communicating with your pet. If you hit or yell at your dog, he won’t understand why you’re angry. What’s more, if you become physical with your dog by pinning, scruffing, or alpha-rolling him, he may become worried about hands and learn that his pack (family) deals with problems by fighting. This is dangerous as a threatened dog is likely to bite and it is often a child that is bitten.

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