How to talk to your dog (seriously)

από Μυρτώ Τζώρτζου

Want to form a stronger bond with Fido? Talk dog.
“Instead of making dogs understand our language, we should try to learn theirs,” says Sandra DeFeo, executive director of the Humane Society of New York in Midtown.
Here, DeFeo offers five ways to communicate with your furry friend.

Maintain eye contact
Canines appreciate mindfulness, too. “When your pet pays attention to you, he’s using a lot of mental energy,” DeFeo says. “Make eye contact — it lets him know you’re meeting him halfway.”

Employ nonverbal cues
Dogs are visual creatures and will respond to your body language. “When you’re telling your dog that he’s done a good job, add a thumbs up for positive reinforcement.”

Be consistent
DeFeo says establishing a regular routine is the best way to build trust. “For example, taking your dog out for a walk at the same time every day helps her feel safe with you.”

Decode common noises
“If your dog is barking incessantly, that usually means he’s feeling insecure,” DeFeo says. “He doesn’t want to be left alone, or he’s suffering from separation anxiety.” Similarly, howling could indicate loneliness, or perhaps that your dog is mourning for something. Whimpering, on the other hand, indicates your pup is most likely scared or anxious, while panting means he might be overheated. “Or he’s just excited to be around you,” adds DeFeo.

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