It's no secret that dogs and humans are two completely different species, which means that even though they share their lives with us, there's a communication barrier we have to break through. Well, studies have shown over the years (read about a most recent one HERE that's used some impressive MRI testing) that dogs have the brain wave capacity to interpret the intonation in our voices.
Yes, it's quite true! Dogs will learn whatever words we use consistently to convey a message - they can't tell the difference between the words unless we teach them what a particular word means by making an association, so the tone we use is critically important!
This is why I tell so many of my clients that we have to say what we mean, mean what we say, and have that conviction in our energy and body language. How we say something is so important to ensuring we are getting our point across appropriately to our dog! If we understand this, part of our communication quandaries can be solved!
Maria Huntoon, CBCC-KA