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4 Ways To Train Your Dog

4 Ways To Train Your Dog

Having a dog in one’s life is equivalent to having a toddler at home. While they will love you unconditionally, you’re definitely in for a ride. Mesmerized by their love and care and being astonished by their behavior towards you and your family isn’t uncommon. Dogs usually act the same way as toddlers do, and they can create a menace if they aren’t trained right.

I recall when I had my dog for the first time. Coming back from work, I was welcomed with a destroyed home and poop everywhere. I was so angry and frustrated, but then I saw this cute little face popping up beneath the couch. I spent the rest of the evening cleaning my house and finding YouTube channels on how to train my beautiful mongrel. However, many of those tips only worked for a short period, which lead me to invent some on my own. Eventually, if you have a dog, it becomes necessary to be creative.

1. Train Their Instincts

Dogs, when compared to other animals, have a higher sense of perception. They’re able to feel and sense the changes in their surroundings. It brings us back to their ancestors — being in the wild, they had to rely on their sense of perception and instinct in order to survive.

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However, at home they’re disorientated. In this environment, they’re far more tamed and they’re left in disarray. This eventually leads to your dog destroying your property. Hence, in order to avoid these incidents, you should train their instincts. Encourage their hunting instinct by allowing them to hike, to run around in nature, and to have a sense of freedom.

Allow your dog to embrace its natural instincts as well as feeling loved by you.

2. Food Time Is Time to Be Active

Have you always had the problem that your dog is either constantly seeing you as a food dispenser or is just plain lazy? Do you wonder how can you keep your dog constantly active and healthy? It’s great to have a dog that can run miles with you without getting tired, which makes it a necessity to improve its feeding methods.

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One of the things I’ve learned is that instead of placing food in a bowl and letting your dog eat on its own, I practiced sectioning his food. I take a quarter of a small cup filled with dog food and accompany it with games and activities while feeding him. This way, I’m able to train him while having fun and keeping him healthy.

Food and fun should always go together.

3. Manners Come With Practice, Obedience Comes With Respect

Just like toddlers, dogs are sensitive to our behavior towards them. I’ve noticed that many people use the “Hinny” maneuver in training dogs. “Hinny” maneuvers mean the puppy or dog is smacked for doing something wrong. Oftentimes, this instills fear instead of respect — this wouldn’t be my favorite method.

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Instead, I believe that manners come with practice and obedience comes with respect. Instead of smacking him, I taught him how to not chew on couches and how to poop only in the garden through the use of treats. I keep special jerky in a jar and these are only given when he finally figures out his manners.

Eventually, respect for me as his man-friend creates the obedience needed. Violent enforcement isn’t necessary; a fun way of teaching will definitely keep your dog happy while teaching it some manners.

4. Walk Your Dog Out In Nature As Much As Possible

Dogs love keeping the active spirit alive; it gives them purpose and somehow instills in them the confidence to protect their owners. It allows them to explore, to increase their sense of judgment, and to experience different smells and tastes.

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Furthermore, this gives your dog the chance to trust you and bond with you. If your pet is new in your life, then it’s a great chance for you to be acquainted with your dog and train them to be your superhero.

When I got my dog, these nature walks helped him to become my lost and found savior. He has always been able to track down any trail back and forth, no matter where we are lost and in any dense forest.

Every dog has its own personality and characteristics; there’s a reason why you were drawn to those brown eyes in the first place. Therefore, you should understand them before training them; this will create a bond of trust between you and your beautiful friend.

Featured photo credit: Lakhanika Lammeera Shenkeri via facebook.com

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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