Our dogs are constantly communicating with us. Whether they’re whining at the dinner table or laying their ears back when confronted by a stranger, our dogs are speaking to us in their own, unique language. Unfortunately, there’s no “How To” guide to speak dog. Therefore, we must learn to understand and analyze the messages our dogs are sending us in the context of each situation.
It’s important to remember that even our pets once came from the wild. Dogs, which originated from wolves, are pack animals. Every pack needs a leader, which should be you. In order to be an effective leader of your dog(s), you must first understand how to communicate with them in a way they can understand. The way we communicate with other human beings (verbally and non-verbally) is extremely different than how we should communicate with dogs. Humor, sarcasm, eye rolling and other subtleties will not translate to a dog. Using verbal cues, body language and facial expressions are all ways to communicate effectively to your dog.