Understanding the Secret Language of Dogs: Why learn dog language

Understanding dog language may sound a bit like Dr. Dolittle but there are several reasons why those in the dog profession should learn to read what a dog is saying.

By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Blogger

Why learn dog language?

You become more perceptive

A study from Spain’s University of Pompeu Fabra revealed that multilingual people are better at observing their surroundings. They are more adept at focusing on relevant information and editing out the irrelevant. They’re also better at spotting misleading information.  Reading dogs can be considered another language.

You can communicate better

Understanding how a dog expresses feelings through its body postures and knowing how to respond can improve your overall kennel environment as well as help you spot stress and other behavioral issues.

You will be seen as a strong leader

When a dog has a strong leader, it has a calming effect on him. He feels safe and taken care of. In the absence of a strong leader, your dog feels obligated to assume that position in the social hierarchy of the family pack. Since a leader must control all that goes on, his inability to control your leaving causes him stress and anxiety.

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