It’s Not Just What You Say, It’s How You Say It

According to a University of Florida study, dogs stayed in place three times longer when owners used petting as a reward compared to when they were only given verbal praise. Physical contact via nuzzling, cuddling and licking is a language dogs use to communicate with one another, so researchers say, the more “hands-on” you are with your canine companion, the more responsive they will be to your training efforts. So go ahead and show your dog how much you love him with a pet behind the ears, a little belly rub, or Dingo’s favorite, a good scratch above the tail. He’ll love you AND listen to you for it.


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