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Understanding and Communicating With Dogs

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While we humans communicate through spoken words or sign language, as a pet owner, it can get difficult to understand what your furry friend is trying to say. To communicate better with your dog, you must understand their body language.

 

The Human-Canine Relationship

Dogs are naturally active beings and always like to play around. That is their natural self. Training dogs to understand human behavior is equally important. When pets understand you, they will engage and respond to you better. Some pet owners accuse their pets of not listening to them. What they fail to understand is perhaps, they cannot connect to these fuzzy babies. Any manner of communication requires skill and patience. Remember that it is your pet who is trying to fit in and be a part of your lifestyle.

Understanding Behavior Patterns

Dog behaviors depend on their breed type. Canines have been a part of this world for more than 16,000 years and have always shared similarities with humans. That is why they are naturally loyal and protect their human friends. They are highly intuitive and tend to follow patterns. This is why you, as a human being, have to be careful about your behavior in front of your pet dog. Canines have been tamed even before human civilization, but the concept of domestication for companionship is reasonably new. As a pet owner, you must keep your dog engaged by playing with them, giving them some work and opportunities to learn and grow.

If you find that your dog is acting quiet or restless, you must attend to your pet immediately. Also, check for your own emotions as they can trigger reactions in your dog. Since dogs are highly-sensitive, they can sense emotions very well and act according to them. It is also a reason why some dogs are appointed as therapy dogs. If you are particularly not having a great day, or are sad or angry, remember not to take it out on your pet. Dogs care about tones and notice changes in voice patterns. As they are living beings and emotional creatures, your dog might end up believing that he or she is the cause of your distress. At times like these, it is important to communicate with your dog just as you would choose to do with a close friend. Even though they don’t understand human language, several studies show that they relate to sounds and noises. They also memorize patterns that help in their training. They seek a profound connection with their owner. Your emotions reflect in your dog. So, to understand your dog’s behavior patterns, you must confront your sentiments. If you are honest with your dog, your pet will feel comfortable expressing themself and embrace their natural personality. 

If your canine has a traumatizing past, allow him or her the personal space needed to adjust to your world. Remember not to push your dog over the edge or force them to come out of the shell. Be gentle with your dog and treat him or her on special occasions to attune your pet to your lifestyle.

Human Habits Translate To A Dog’s Reaction

It is no surprise that dogs communicate in their distinctive language of sound and express themselves through actions like licking, barking, biting, etc. If you have poor habits of not eating your food on time, or not sleeping for 8 hours, your dog will pick on such attitudes. A dog that doesn’t get enough sleep or isn’t fed nutritional food will always remain agitated throughout the day. They are also great listeners. So, take care of your language in front of your pet and treat them like your child. Do not curse or shout in front of them or talk negatively about others. 

Dogs can understand us better than we perceive ourselves. Believe in your pet’s instincts to decide about other’s characters and do not influence their decisions in any way. Teach them to rely on themselves by setting an example. You could arrange a small get-together at your home and invite some of your closest friends and colleagues. Ensure that your dog is present at that time and gauge his or her reactions to the invitees. Dogs have a strong sense of different scents, perfumes and are attentive to small movements. Assess your pet’s response to the people in the room and introduce him or her to the attendants. It not only guides you to understand your pet’s personality better but also indicates potentially toxic colleagues. If you notice your dog is unsettled, calm him or her down by walking your pet to a different room. Take a seat in front of your pet and directly ask what’s bothering him or her. If your dog is clutching your leg or pawing at your dress, it could mean that he or she didn’t like the social setting. Respect it and offer a treat praising your pet for trusting you with their emotions.

Observing Dog Behavior Carefully

There are some striking behaviors that you must understand to connect with your dog better.

  • When your dog is in pain, it will be aggressive, bark loudly, or will mewl softly. Sometimes dogs don’t even understand when they are hurting. Therefore, it results in poor communication. If your pet is deeply attached to you, it will try to hide the pain. Check for physical injuries by gently tapping its body, and remember not to panic. It will further distress your pet. Avoid tiring physical activities and check for improvements. Book an appointment with your veterinarian and try to figure out the problem by discussing extensively.
  • When your dog wants to cuddle with you or seeks attention, it will place its paw in your palm or rest its head on your lap. At this time, try scratching its belly, scratch behind the ears, or hold your pet closer to you and touch your forehead against your pet. Your dog will cherish this shared moment.
  • When your dog is starving, it can either be angry or sulk. Ensure that you feed your pet on time. If you are late, confront your pet by apologizing.


  • When your dog has committed a “crime” in your absence, it will bear a guilty look or will try to hide somewhere in the house. Remember not to be angry but scold gently. Ask your pet to clean up the mess and place the reward in front of it.

Making Your Dog More Confident and Brave

Most trainers and dog behavior specialists like to believe in physical activities like playing fetch, running across fields or lawns, and jumping. While it’s true, a dog needs to have a high power of concentration to understand your commands and accept your discipline. Studies show that repeatedly bouncing a ball in front of a dog and asking it to look at the motion will increase his or her concentration.

Create Special Moments With Your Pet

Go out for a walk or drive to a serene place together. If you play any instrument, have your tiny concert with your pet dog. Dance to your favorite song, or browse through songs to pick a shared favorite. Have dinner with your dog and treat him or her to an extraordinary spa. A spa will help your pup relax and be calm. Use iClean Dog Wash ‘Spa’ for a comforting and deluxe bathing experience for your pup.

Wendy Hendriks

Wendy Hendriks

This is Wendy Hendriks From iClean Internationals Ltd. Life-long learner, committed to working hard at self directed learning environment.

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