Patricia McConnell gives us some insight on what we are already saying to our dogs. We may not know it, but everything we do says something to our dogs and sometimes we send mixed signals, which leads to a lot of frustration and confusion for both us and our furry friends. Dr. McConnell helps us to understand and communicate with dogs a little more easily. Dogs communicate mostly with body language, but they also respond more to the tone or inflection of your voice than to the words. Ever hear a dog speak English? Didn't think so. The words are nothing to them and once we understand how our movements, postures, expressions and tone are communicating with our dogs for us, we can more easily communicate and train our companions. The part that spoke most to me was when Dr. McConnell explained the dynamics of teaching the "come" command. Most people face their dog while telling them to come, but to a dog that means "don't come any closer". Very good book about dog communication and behavior. I really suggest it for anyone with dogs, but especially for those having a difficult time training.
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