How to Effectively Communicate with Your Puppy?

» Posted by on Apr 13, 2021 in Dog Training | 0 comments

If you are still having problems getting the attention of your puppy and making them listen to you, take some time to assess your cues and body language and keep on working on how to communicate clearly with them. Here are a few helpful tips you should remember while puppy and dog training: 

Watch your energy level 

Confidence can help puppies be successful in their training. Make sure to stay calm, even when your puppy is not at the moment. Allow your puppy to settle down first so that you can continually work with them. Also, keep in mind that your body language can speak volumes. So, when you’re giving commands, it’s best to stand up straight to create a leadership role with them and make them concentrate on your command. 

Pay attention to the tone of your voice 

A calm voice can translate to a calm puppy. While excited voice makes them excited as well. In terms of dog/puppy training, you can effectively deal with each session by maintaining a calm voice. When your puppy easily gets excited, help your puppy to be focused, keep engaged, and settle down using a calm tone. 

Allow your puppy some time to respond 

Since puppies are still young, they are still trying to learn. Hence, patience is key as you give them commands. Take note that words like “house,” “come,” and “sit” are still unfamiliar to them and that they require more time to know what these commands indicate. Allow up to 3 seconds for them to respond to your command. 

Don’t keep on repeating a command 

When your puppy is not responding to the command after 3 seconds, make sure not to use the common mistakes of puppy training, which is to repeat the command over again until they get it right. If you do that, the meaning of the commands and even their names could be diminished. Rather, repeat the command word once more using a strong tone. Then, utilize the food lure and corresponding hand signal to guide them as to what you want them to perform. 

Use clear words 

Remember that all words are bizarre and new for puppies. So, do not use strange words or a whole lengthy sentence because it can be quite confusing for them. They cannot distinguish that what you want them to do is to sit down. 

Rather, as you do some puppy training, it’s recommended to use concise and clear words that can help them easily learn what they need to do with your command. For example, if you want them to sit, the best way to ask them is to say “sit.” 

Take advantage of leverage 

As you’re training, you want to let yourself be seen as the most important thing and person within the room to your puppy, out of all the distractions around them. You can do so by taking advantage of your pup’s food and have it with you all the time because it’s very valuable to them. After they perform a command, you can give them this delicious treat. 

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