Getting Started – The Human Canine Relationship

The human canine relationship goes back more than 30,000 years. The domesticated dog originated when wolves learned that calm, friendly behaviour around humans would be rewarded with food. The genetics of these intelligent and brave individuals became the base of today’s domesticated dog.

The Art of Speaking Dog

The human canine relationship is extremely deep. I find it astonishing and upsetting that after 30,000 years of companionship, so many dogs continue to end up in shelters or euthanized because owners don’t take the effort to educate themselves about canine communication. 

I think the biggest mistake many owners make is trying to educate a dog the way they would a human, instead of learning to think and learn like a dog. It is imperative to educate ourselves, our family, children, friends, and anyone that comes in contact with our dog. A well-informed dog owner will have little issues with their dog. Their clear communication will lead to a well-behaved and balanced dog; These dogs most likely will not upset other people or dogs. Getting information about dog training and dog behaviour is imperative.

Learning the Basics

The good news is there are only a few basics you need to know to begin a balanced, stress-free relationship with your dog, if used consistently. Your training becomes fun and rewarding once you understand how your dog communicates and learns.

Many people spend a lot of time searching the web about nutrition, clothing, cars, child education, etc. So let’s take the time now to learn more about our dogs!

Relax and have an open mind. In my experience, I have seen both men and women struggle to admit they have difficulties with their dog, blaming the dog and the circumstances, instead of learning more about dog behaviour. 

The following three basics are the most important to understand, and in the next few posts we’ll dive right into them:

1. Consistent Guidance

We need to make sure that we are calm, consistent leaders for our dogs. Dogs become balanced and secure when a human shows true leadership. Here you’ll find some tips to becoming the best leader for you dog.

2. Understanding that dogs live in the moment

Dogs, like most animals, have a completely different relation to time than we do. For a dog, the moment is the only reality there is. Becoming present, living/ training/ thinking in the moment, will improve your relationship with your dog and your life in general. Here you’ll find some tips to get you started with your dog in the moment.

3. Learning your dog’s body language

A dog’s body language shows how they feel. You will have a better understanding of what your dog is communicating when you learn their body language. You will gain confidence about the mental state of your dog and it will deepen the relationship you have with them. Here you’ll find some body language tips to get started.

Building a deep bond with a dog is one of the most beautiful things life has to offer. Knowledge about dog behaviour and their way of being helps us to expand this bond, creates a fair and clear learning environment, and gives you and your dog the opportunity to grow and enjoy life together. Let’s get started!

4 thoughts on “Getting Started – The Human Canine Relationship”

  1. Very interesting article about the human – canine relationship. I wasn’t aware that the relationship is 30,000 years old, wow. I also wasn’t aware that it started with a wolf’s calm behavior to get food. Makes sense. I agree with you statement about consistent guidance. Utilizing that does work, as it worked with my dog. I need to learn more though about how to speak dog, and the body language tips. Thanks for sharing, Tom

  2. Wow 30,000 years old humans relationships with canines I never knew that! I have two dogs and my jack Russel I have to admit can be hard work at the moment and it is difficult at times but I will take your tips and advice on how I can make the training more balanced for him. Thank you for this information.

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