The Pro's Never Yell Or Scream Commands At Their DogWritten by Adam G. Katz
I never yell at my dog. Never. Well, okay. There's one exception. And that exception is if: I'm already working with dog at such a far distance that he can't audibly hear me. And usually this is case only if I'm teaching dog to respond to hand signals. Why don't I ever raise my voice if I'm working with my dog, otherwise? Because only thing that raising your voice achieves is to communicate to your dog that you really DO NOT have control. And since I train with a modified working dog approach, I want my dog to know that I'm ALWAYS in control. Because I'm "Alpha dog."
Now, if I issue a command, and dog I'm training does not respond to that command... then I will stop to figure out why he didn't respond. If it's because he didn't understand command, then I need to go back to basics and do more repetitions. If dog is simply not responding because he's being stubborn or head-strong, then I'll make my correction more motivational. But one thing that many observers will realize about way I work with animals is that my commands are practically whispered. Never yelled or screamed. In fact, your commands should only be loud enough for your dog to hear. No louder. So... do you want to know how to spot an amateur dog trainer? He's one yelling at his dog. A word or two on consistency and teaching your dog to "come." If I'm teaching a dog to come on command, it's my job to convince dog that he MUST come EVERY time I call him. But if he thinks that I'm only going to make him come every other time... or only under certain conditions... then I'll never get dog to be 100% reliable.
5 Ways Your Dog Senses The World Differently From YouWritten by Charlie Lafave
Do dogs sense things differently than humans do? Well, yes and no. Dogs share same basic senses with us: they see, hear, touch, smell and taste. But level of their senses is different – an important distinction when you’re trying to figure out just what your dog is doing.
Sight It was once thought that dogs were “color-blind” – only able to see shades of black and white with some grey, but scientific studies have found that’s not true. Dogs can see in color – ranging from blues and greens to greys and crèmes, and of course, black and white. It’s been estimated that humans can distinguish somewhere between 7 and 10 million different colors. (We don’t even have names for that many colors!)
Picture courtesy of Dr. P’s site: http://www.uwsp.edu/psych/dog/dog.htm But dogs have it all over humans in detecting motion – that’s one reason they can detect a cat up a tree at a much greater distance than you can! And their night vision is typically better than ours – dogs have an additional reflective layer in eye called tapetum lucidum, which reflects light back into receptor cells of eye, which not only increases their night vision, but gives them that spooky appearance of eyes glowing in dark.
Hearing When your dog is barking like crazy in middle of night, don’t just assume he’s lonely and wants you to get up and keep him company. He may be listening to something that you can’t hear, that’s extremely upsetting to him – like a burglar breaking in your basement window. Dogs can hear at four times distance humans can – that means you might hear something from a 100 yards away your dog could hear from a quarter of a mile away. Their ears are also better designed to gather more of available sound wave – they have 15 different muscles that move their ears in all directions, plus they can move one ear at a time – and independently of other to absorb even more information!
Touch Dogs also have a well-developed sense of touch, surprising perhaps under all that fur, although this sense is much less sophisticated than a human’s. Puppies are born with sensory receptors in their faces so they can find mama even if they’re separated before they open their eyes. But they also can sense touch all over their bodies, just as humans can. One reason your dog flops down on couch next to you and tries to snuggle up on a hot day (or any other day for that matter!) is because he likes comfort of feeling that you’re right there!