4 Problems Associated With Body Language And Dog Training:
The right body language and dog training go hand in hand. You must have noticed that sometimes your dog flinches away when you hug him. Sometimes, no matter how wide your welcoming arms are, or how coaxing your voice is, your dog will not come when called. The problem may not be due to bad breeding, lack of consistency, or lack of training time. You may simply be sending your dog the wrong body language messages. Some examples of these and how to overcome them: • Our body language vastly differs from the body language of canines. As humans, we try to catch someone’s attention by leaning forward or towards a person. Translated into canine body language this means dominance. We may put our hand on each other’s shoulders. This is a simple sign of affection for us, but for a dog this equates with expressions of dominance again. It is simply interpreted as pushiness. When a dog has the habit of urinating submissively, it is advisable not to lean forward and pat the dog on the head when greeting it. A dog or puppy will feel less intimidated and won’t urinate submissively if he doesn’t see or feel dominant body language. For some dogs, who have an inherent dominant or submissive character, being stroked on the head is not a welcome gesture. It is advisable to stroke them on their chests. • A common problem comes from the “come” command. An effective remedy for a dog that will not come when called is to alter your body language. Don’t lean forward, but rather crouch down. This is a calming signal; a gesture that is inviting. Dogs will greet each other in a similar way; by turning their backs to each other and sniffing the ground before getting playful. If that doesn’t work, then start running away from your dog, with your back turned. This will invite him to follow you. Clap your hands and say “come.” The staccato rhythm of clapping hands or clucking, what we do with horses to encourage them to speed up encourages a dog to move as well, and this body language encourages it to move in your direction.