You Are Your Dog’s Biggest Cheerleader
by Alpha Dog Training
Dogs have lived with us for thousands of years. During this time, they learned to read and understand our micro expressions. What this means is that you cannot hide your feelings, attitude, or mood from your dog. You need to be genuine with them. If you are not in a good mood or are trying to pretend while something is upsetting you, you are not going to have a very good training session with your dog.
Dogs can help us in a lot of ways. They are always present; they don’t care what happened yesterday or what tomorrow may bring. By effectively working with your dog, you must live in the moment as they do. You will say what you mean and mean what you say. Your words, tone of voice, and temperament will match your physiology.
There are several things that you can do to best maximize your time with your dog. Those things are: your state of mind, having fun, communicating clearly and following through. By properly using these principles you will build a positive relationship with your dog and get the most out of you and your dog’s potential.
We’ve mentioned that your dog can read how you are really feeling. If you are in a bad mood, you will generally get one of two reactions from your dog. They will either fear you, or they will want to rub up against you. If they are timid or fearful, they may avoid getting too close to you. Even if they have no history of abuse, they may just want to avoid that negative energy. Other dogs may want to rub up against you. We think this is them comforting us, but more likely it’s an appeasing behavior letting you know they are not a threat.
To get the most out of your training and build a better relationship with your dog you need to be in the best frame of mind possible. Statistically, dog owners live longer than people without them. One of the reasons cited is that they are more active because their dog gets them to go out more. Maybe your dog can also help you be motivated to improve your mental health, too. Every time you work with your dog, try to be in the best possible state of mind. Remember one important point…you must be your dog’s biggest cheerleader!