Praise Your Dog

Praise Your Dog

Praise is the key to bonding with and understanding your dog. With a little help you will see your dog’s behavior vastly improve. If you’re happy and excited, the dog will be too!

Have you ever seen someone give their dog a couple of “good boys” only to see no reaction from the dog? Worse yet, have you ever seen this happen where the dog stiffened up? If you think you can say “good boy” without meaning it and have your dog believe you, you’re wrong.

The key is that dogs need to believe our praise. Dogs are highly emotional and very perceptive. As pack animals, they seek the approval of their superiors. If other people see you praise your dog, and they think you’re pretty weird, then you are probably praising it correctly.
Talk to the dog. Tell him how well he just sat; how confidently it was done. Tell him you admire his intelligence, and how you appreciate his good work. Say it and mean it. Say it as silly and as babyish as you need to, to get the dog’s eyes to brighten up, his posture to rise, his ears to perk up proudly. That is praise.

Tossing a ball or a stick for your dog is not praise. It is play. It is important to play with your dog. But, if your dog doesn’t feel good from your vocal praise and your facial expression, all the play in the world will not build a relationship, nor will it help you in training.

The best communication
The best way to develop a good relationship with your dog is to communicate on an emotional level. You must rely on building your skill at talking to the dog, so that the dog picks up immediately on your emotions.

It is easy for most people to talk silly with puppies. It takes some practice to be able to talk babyish to a big, tough dog. Since we cannot elevate the dog to human understanding, we must act in ways that dogs understand. A pat on the side and a “good boy” can give great satisfaction to the dog.

All of this is necessary to understand your dog and put fun into your training program. It’s very important to see a happy dog and one that can’t wait for the training time as you step out the front door with a leash and collar in your hand and treats in your pocket!

Have fun together!

[Source: OrovilleMR]