We know that we humans can be slow at responding to the non-verbal signals that our dogs may be sending us. However, your dog pays very close attention to every single move you make! Try this experiment to focus on the signals you’re sending your dog – intentional or not. This will help you identify the non-verbal cues your dog has grown accustom to responding to.
Be sure you and your dog are away from the normal hustle and bustle in your home. Go to a quiet room where there are no distractions. Stand still and relaxed as you ask your dog to “sit.” The hardest part about this is making sure that no other body parts are moving, even tilting your head a little or raising your eyebrows can be seen very easily by your dog and may possibly act as a clue for them to sit. You can also sit down on the floor and, without moving, ask them to sit. Then, try leaving the room and asking your dog to sit (you can peek to see what they do)!
Then, ask your dog to sit the way you normally do. Move freely – tilt your head or raise your eyebrows the way you have always done. Now that you’re aware of your own behavior, you can try and determine a pattern as to the body language and non-verbal cues your dog has learned to respond to. You’ll probably find out that your dog pays just as much attention (or more!) to your body language as he pays attention to your voice!
After all that sitting, your pup needs a treat! Everything at the Barkery is 100% guaranteed all-natural, so be sure to stop by either our Brookside or Lee’s Summit locations and pick up some healthy rewards for them!