Dog Sense: Calm tone helps with ‘dog speak’

Cheri Spaulding and dog Geo

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”  – Inigo Montoya, “The Princess Bride” 

Our dogs often don’t understand the word either, especially when it’s strung together with other words spoken at a fast pace. I see this commonly when a frustrated client arrives with a dog who has unwanted behaviors. This is the very point of why they hired a trainer. When the dog displays the unwanted behavior, such as . . .