Consistency allows the dog to attach a consistent meaning (and response) to the movement.The more inconsistent the movement, the harder it is for the dog to connect the human’s random motions to a specific behavioral response.He drops halfway to the floor and glances up at me, eyes bright. ” and quickly lure him the rest of the way down, then click and treat.On the fifth trial, I give the verbal down cue without moving. Dogs are, first and foremost, body language communicators.Both species intuitively understand the concept of a “group leader” (Alpha Dog = Head of Household, Employer, President of the US); both species have members in their various groups who lead more naturally than others; and in both groups, ranking (or status) is fluid: You might be the head of your household, but subordinate to your boss at work, or to a colonel in the Army, or the Queen of England.Your dog might be the leader of your dog pack, but have very low status among the regular canine visitors at your local dog park.
Note: Increase the intensity of only one stimulus at a time.
However, canine and primate body talk have very different vocabularies, which can cause serious conflict between our species.
For example: It is considered polite by humans in the Western world to make direct eye contact.
All the man did to elicit this response was to bend over, staring at and calling to the dog. He stares adoringly into my eyes and remains sitting.
From the dogs perspective, a direct stare and bending over the dog are very challenging. I wait three seconds, then lure him down with the treat hidden in my right hand.