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Old 12-01-2017, 10:35 AM
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Communication

So in my daily life, and reading forums etc, something has popped out at me that I thought might be good to put out there.
Building communication with the dog.
This one simple thing seems to me to be at the root of many many issues people have with their dogs.
Some people are able to communicate with their animals on an almost instinctive level......others seem to have real issues with this.
In my mind, learning how to communicate with the particular dog in front of you is maybe the most important part of training, eliminating bad behaviors, and just overall owning a dog.
How can you expect the dog to learn what you do or dont want, if you cant communicate in a way that the dog understands?
On the subject of training ( disclaimer I'm no trainer! ) , when I'm training my dogs, at least for me, I look at the act of training as an exercise in building communication. Getting the behaviors I want is almost a byproduct of these exercises.
Some of my dogs have been harder to communicate with than others......if I'm not getting what I want out of the dog, then its my fault for not understanding how to communicate well enough with that particular dog, and I'll change up what I'm doing.
Of coarse thats a simplified version, some dogs are stronger, tougher, will challenge your authority etc, but if we have built good communication, and built a bond with the dog, and the dog has learned we are WORTHY of its respect and obedience, then most things should iron themselves out relatively painlessly.
Thoughts from everyone else?
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I agree communication is very important. I always treat each as it's own. I expect the dog to understand what I'm saying in about three trials sometimes four depending a on what it is. I use facial expressions, voice levels, hand gestures and words to get what I desire. I use Easy for two different things but tell way I say it is how they react. I say easy to get them to play a little nicer with other dogs. I say it softly, pointing at them, and very neutral bright eyed you better listen look. Then I also you easy to slow them down on the trail there isnt any facial expressions so I say it loud and drag it out
Communication being the only way to get what is needed.

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@Markie " communication being the only way to get what is needed"
I think you just summed up my whole post in one sentence lol!
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@Markie " communication being the only way to get what is needed"
I think you just summed up my whole post in one sentence lol!
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