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Excerpt #11

Body Language –
Yours, and Your Dog's

As I mentioned in Training Principle #1, it's important to have an idea of what you're communicating to your dog through your body language, and what she's telling you with hers. You might think you can figure out your dog's body language just by looking, but you'll probably be surprised to learn what certain movements actually tell you about your dogs feelings and state of mind. For example, a yawn can indicate tiredness but it can also indicate nervousness and anxiety.

Your Body Language for Training

Many dog owners accidentally communicate the wrong things to their dog through the way they stand and move, without even realizing it. Most of your body language isn't conscious – you don't think about it, it just happens. You may even be communicating fear of your dog on a subtle level. Can you see how this would undermine any attempt to become the dog's pack leader? If you're trying to put on a bold front but your dog can tell from your body language that you're afraid, it's not going to work.

Remember – you're trying to become the leader in your dog's eyes, so your body language and voice tone should communicate leadership. Here are a few general rules for how to stand and how to talk to your dog:

  • Stand up straight

  • Make your commands clear and concise

  • Vary your voice tone according to the command you are giving – for example, if calling your dog to Come to you, you should sound excited

  • You may have to talk a little louder than normal when you give commands, in order to communicate authority

  • Keep your arms unfolded and your body open

  • Don't stare directly at your dog for a long period as this can be interpreted as a threatening gesture and can have the same effect as a physical punishment

  • Don't use dominance techniques such as forcing your dog to roll over on her back

Next time: Reading Your Dog's Body Language

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