Saturday, April 28, 2007
HOW TO TALK TO DOGS....
My name is Martin McKenna and I'm also known as The Dreadlock Dog Man because every day, everywhere I go, I teach humans how to really communicate with their dogs. As you can see in my photo, I have a full head of dreadlocks, so I'm not hard to recognise.
Dog language really is an international language,since it's the one language used by every single dog on the planet.
If you keep visiting this blog site you'll soon become fluent in dog language. That's what this blog is all about!
Try really talking to your dog today....
Maybe you're sitting in a chair and your dog keeps demanding your attention.
To say: "Leave me alone now" in dog language, do this: Say nothing, instead, turn your head away from the dog and lift your chin a little. Cross your arms. Look serious about what you want.
Hold this position until your dog goes and leaves you alone. Totally ignore it. If you give a clear, firm signal your dog will go and lie down and maybe even sigh. Don't worry, it's not sulking.
It's responding to your clear signals and doing the polite thing in the dog world.
However, if you send your dog away and then start staring at it or talking to it, you're actually saying in the dog world:
"Come here and interact with me now."
As you can see - it's quite easy for us humans to send mixed messages to dogs.
If your dog does keep pestering you, see my next post on this blog. Your dog is understanding your signals alright, but at the moment it doesn't believe you have the right to tell it what to do. (We'll be changing that attitude, don't worry.)
Many dog owners think their dogs can be very stupid, naughty, silly or stubborn, when in actual fact, there's more a communication problem happening between our two very different species.
Learning dog language will dramatically improve your dog's behaviour. In the dog world you'll quickly learn that everything is said clearly and simply.
For example, in the human world if two humans come across a treat lying on the ground, there will probably be a discussion about sharing it out fairly.
In the dog world, life is pretty simple. The more dominant dog just says, "GRRR, MINE!"
If you would like to buy my book, you can buy it on-line at:
It's called "The Dog Man"by Martin McKenna
(It was written in my pre-dreadlock days and has become an Australian best-seller)