How to Talk to Your Dog

If you have a dog as your best friend for sure, it has happened more than once to have talked to him. Just tell him “what do you want?”, “Do you want food?” or “let’s walk” and depending on your intelligence and your relationship , he will understand more or less what he is saying.

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Even so, there are tricks or advice that can help improve your communication, since the dog is a social animal that likes to share and pay attention.

In this article of YourCatCareguide we will guide you to know how to talk to your dog so that he understands. In this way, your relationship will improve and avoid having to scold you and other unwanted situations. Keep reading!

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1. Capture Your Attention

There is no use making an order or trying to communicate with your dog if it has not caught your attention before. Use your name or a concrete gesture to do so.

You should know that dogs respond better to visual stimuli , so snapping fingers, shaking hands or wrists up and down are good tools to get your pet’s attention.

If you do not know the dog you want to relate to, it is best to use treats or prizes (you can also use small pieces of ham). At the least noise will have all the attention of your animal.

2. Decide what words are going to enter your vocabulary

Although dogs are very intelligent animals, they have difficulty differentiating words with similar phonetics. For this reason, we recommend that you choose short words for each order and be accompanied by a visual gesture .

Here we show you the words most used by professionals in canine education in different languages:


  • Together
  • Senta
  • Lies down
  • Quiet
  • On here
  • Very well
  • Greets


  • Heel
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Here
  • Very good
  • Shake


  • Fuss
  • Seat
  • place
  • Stay
  • Here
  • Gut

Remember that it is important not to use very identical words to communicate with your dog. For this reason, if your name looks like an order you can use other languages.

3. Always use positive reinforcement

The best tool for your puppy to understand is positive reinforcement . You can use it with small prizes or also with the use of the clicker .

Puppies learn much faster by being rewarded , but not just treats. The caresses and words of affection are also a good reinforcement for your best friend.

4. Before you scold him, ask him why he did it.

Many people often scold their pets (some overly) when they do something wrong. Urinating at home, eating from our plate or climbing to the couch are often the most common. It also happens when the pet barks in excess or tries to attack other dogs .

Before using “No” you should be very clear that your dog does not suffer from stress problems, a possible disease or if it is because he simply does not know the basic orders of training.

Many adopted dogs that in the first days show a destructive and illogical behavior. If this is your case you must have a lot of patience , something essential if what you want is to have a pet by your side.

All dogs, regardless of age, can be re-educated if we wish. Although the ideal would be to consult a professional as an ethologist if it was necessary.

In addition to being much more difficult to understand, violence and excessive reprimand can lead to undesirable behaviors in the future (or present) such as aggression, fear or stress.

5. Repeat, repeat and repeat

Dogs are animals of habits : they like to have a fixed schedule of meals, of walks, of games … In this way they understand life better.

Likewise, puppies are grateful for the repetition of orders even though they are already learned. Stimulating your brain about 15 minutes of obedience per day will be key to having fun and in addition not forgetting everything you have learned. Although it is adult can also include new tricks and games.

6. Observe your dog’s response

Although the dogs do not “talk” (some make funny noises), they respond with body gestures:

  • Raising the ears means attention.
  • Turning their heads to one side demonstrates that they are understanding what you say.
  • Wiggling the tail relaxed indicates happiness.
  • Licking the mouth means stress (or that the dainty was very good).
  • Lying on the ground is a sign of submission (proper of dogs with fear).
  • Wiggling the tail from side to side is a sign of joy.
  • Low ears indicate alertness and fear.

Whatever your dog’s response will be important to try to understand what it means . Remember that not all dogs use the same body signals, so it will be important to spend time with our dog and not try to understand through difficult and long guides what you are saying.

7. Much affection and love

Although your dog may behave badly or be disobedient to the magic formula that will cure everything (in more or less time) is the affection and love that we can offer our best friend.

Having patience and being aware of your need will help you communicate better with your puppy.

If you are positive and practice every day so that he can understand you and you can better understand him. Also discover how to practice yoga with your dog .

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