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How to Train Your Dog to Understand You

Jul 30, 2008
Everyone knows that a dog understands more than you think. What many don't know is that what dogs really focus on is your tone much more than your words. Remember, dogs don't understand English.

This will result in many dog owners writing us to share how their dogs know everything and understand all their words.

They still do not know words or English.

This doesn't mean that dogs don't learn the meaning of words; they do. Many dogs develop quite a large vocabulary of different words that they understand. However, they learn these words as signals, not words.

This is valuable, so don't overlook it.

It may sound like a distinction without a difference, but it goes right into the fundamental differences between the human and the canine brain.

Because dogs don't understand language, they only hear words not sentences.

If you had a dog's set of ears for a time, you would primarily pick up noise with spaces between to focus on important gestures. They have very selective hearing as they listen only to things they care about.

What they do hear is your tone.

It's simple. They hear different levels of voice better because it is how they correspond with one another. Dogs interact by both sound and signal.

It's the difference between a friendly growl and a warning growl.

It is important to pay attention to the tone of your voice when training your dog. If your words are foreign to him, he will not pay attention. He will only listen to the character of your voice to determine if you are upset with him or not.

If the sound of your voice is harsh your dog will think you are upset with him. Although you want him to be praised he will only hear the harshness of your tone.

If you want to control your dog, you need to control your tone.
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Author Johnathan Bash can help you potty train your puppy in seven days. If you want dog training tips that are guaranteed to work then go to http://pottytrainyourpuppyinsevendays.com and download your free report.
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