Picture the last time you asked for directions. After providing your destination (say, a new restaurant), the helpful person started to describe the route using words and gestures (“Go straight and turn left at . . .”). More than likely, a question or two was needed before verifying the directions (“Did you mean a right at . . . ?”). Both you and your navigator spoke the same language, you both knew what particular gestures meant, and both had a mental map of where to go.
You’ve seen it. Some owners call their dogs and they come a-running. On the other hand, some owners call and it is as if the dog is uninterested or deaf. If you want your dog to come when called.
Calling Your Dog
1. Exercise, Discipline then Affection. Run or walk off the excess energy before training. A dog cannot concentrate if he is pent up. Use discipline to ask your dog to “earn” his affection and rewards. Receiving random affection without some structure confuses the mind and creates frustration. Be as clear as possible with what the dog needs to do to be rewarded.
The question that often comes to mind is, “What caused the dog to act like this?” In the case of an adoption the reason will probably never be known. It could be a breed characteristic, a traumatic event or abuse. Whatever the cause, it is something that needs to be corrected for your dog to resume a normal life.
The Shy or Fearful Dog
Now that you are the new owner of a dog – what’s next? Here are some tips that will help settle your dog and help her find her place in the family.
Stay Calm - As exciting as it is to have your new dog at home, stay calm. Let the dog wander around the house and yard. Just stay calm – by doing so you will minimize your contribution to the "emotional load" your dog is carrying. Take a week or two just to get to know your new dog's natural state.
The First Days with a New Dog
The oldest book Amazon.com has on human body language is the 1970s book Body Language by Julius Fast. That was when we humans became conscious of body language. While we're relatively new to its existence (40 years), your dog is a veteran master. Other than the occasional throaty sound, body language is the primary resource for understanding dog communication!
Your Dog's Body Language
The 3 to 1 Ratio
There are two sides to having a great relationship with a dog. You have to be happy and the dog has to be happy. Dogs, though, are not born civilized. So the first task of every owner is training his dog to be friendly, cooperative and well mannered. Using both motivators: positive (do this again) and negative (avoid that), can be the most effective.
Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me Again
My dog won't listen to me! This is the number-one complaint about the family dog. There are several reasons why she doesn’t.