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Understand How Using Your Hands Impacts Your Dog

Training a dog can be frustrating for both of you. After all, your dog does everything using dog logic and you are operating from a place of human logic. This disparity in communication can sometimes be problematic, tempting you to use your hands to force your dog to do what you want. This type of ‘hands on’ approach is more harmful than you realize.

How using your hands impacts your dog:

Trust is everything

Your dog needs to be able to trust that you have his best interest at heart. An unexpected ‘show of hands’ like a smack or swat could break that trust, but even innocent grabs can have the same effect. Grabbing your dog by his body or even his collar to stop him or force him to move can make him lose trust in you. He’ll be wary of any contact and may not follow your directions because he won’t be able to anticipate whether or not he’ll be grabbed when he does.

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