7 Steps To Understanding Your Dog

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Do you feel like you will never be able to understand your dog? 

If so, read on because the following tips can help you overcome this important issue.

1. Your Dog Learns From His Environment

Any dog will learn from what is going on around him.

His immediate environment is one of the factors that will shape his behavior as he grows and develops.

So if a home is noisy and chaotic, a puppy is likely to grow into a noisy and chaotic dog.

If a puppy grows up in a quiet environment he, as long as he’s well exercised, will learn calm and quiet behavior.
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2. Your Dog Learns From You

A dog, without a doubt, will learn from the people around him.

For instance if he barks and you shout at him to stop he will understand this as if you are joining in.

So remember to be calm when correcting your pooch.

3. Your Dog Does Not Speak Your Language

He can learn to understand words, the emotions behind them and even how they sound.

But your dog does not speak your language.

If you ask your dog to do something without first teaching him what it means, he will be stumped no matter how much he wants to please you.
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4. Reward is Motivation

Positive reinforcement and interactions such as treats, toys and games are all highly rewarding to your dog.

And the promise of a reward will motivate your dog to both learn and behave in a specific way.

5.  Attention is Reward

On every interaction your dog will find attention rewarding.

So whether you are telling him to get off the sofa, or chastising him for stealing something, your dog won’t care.

He is happy just because you are talking to him. In fact he will probably repeat the behavior to encourage further attention. Cheeky little things.

6. Ignoring Behavior Makes it Go Away

If your dog finds attention (despite how it is delivered) rewarding, then take the attention away.

[mnright]Only remove attention when your dog is doing something that you don’t like.

For instance if he is jumping up, ignore it, and then give the attention when his paws are all on the ground instead.

You will show your dog that there is no point to jumping up, but keeping his paws on the ground gets him lots of lovely attention. Perfect.

7. Consistency Is Key

The act of being consistent with your dog will help him to understand how you want him to act.

So if he is allowed to jump up one day then not the next you are teaching him that you don’t mean what you say.

This results in a confused dog.

So stick to the rules you have set.

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