TIP #1: DON'T IGNORE HIM
You can recognize what your dog is saying to you - even what he's thinking - just by learning his body language. Have you ever noticed how a puppy yawns when picked up? He's trying to calm himself down.
Have you noticed that your dog barks at seemingly random times - even if he's not a "barker"? This is a reaction to something you've not noticed. Stay alert, and you'll begin to pick up what your dog is telling you - things like…
- What stresses him out when he goes outside
- "I'm really bored!"
- The best time to eat
- "Leave me alone!"
Don't let a language barrier hold you back from building a better relationship with your dog. Learn to read dog body language.
- excerpted from The Whole Dog Journal
TIP #2: HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
Changing behavior takes time. You need to have realistic expectations about changing your dog’s behavior as well as how long it will take to change behaviors that you don’t like. Like changing our bad habits, changing a dog's bad habits takes patience and consistency.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI