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Chances are, when you’re cooing to Fido, all he’s hearing is, “Blah, blah, blah.” Stop annoying everyone around you—and learn to speak his language.

Step 1: Be consistent
Be consistent with the meaning you want to attach to the word you use. For example, when you say, 'Fido, down,' decide in advance if it’s going to mean, 'Get off Aunt Ethel,' or, 'Lie down.'

Step 2: Give one-word commands
Give commands one at a time, in one-word increments, such as 'Come,' 'Sit,' and 'Down.' If you say, 'Fido, come sit down,' he’s not going to know what the heck you want him to do.

Always use your dog’s name before issuing a command.

Step 3: Watch your body language
Watch your body language, because your dog will process that message, not what you’re saying. If you’re visibly tense, it won’t matter if you’re saying, 'I love you.' Fido will sense you’re troubled and he’ll become anxious, too.

The more intelligent the dog, the more adept he will be at reading your emotional state.

Step 4: Learn how to read your dog
Learn how to read your dog. It’s a common misconception that a dog’s doleful stare is a sign of adoration or a plea for food. Actually, it’s an act of aggression. Fido’s not begging for food; he’s demanding it!

Putting a paw on a person’s knee is a sign of dominance, not the friendly pat many dog owners believe it to be.

Step 5: Watch your tone
Watch your tone when speaking to your dog. For example, use your high-pitched, 'What fun we’re going to have!' voice when you’re entering the vet’s office. If you sound apprehensive, you’ll just scare him, no matter how nurturing your words.

Taking a deep yawn in front of your dog will have a calming effect on him.

Step 6: Speak his language
Speak to your dog in his language. To say 'hello,' sniff toward his nose. To bid adieu, swish your hand downward and turn your back. Tell him it’s time to play by getting on all fours and patting the ground.

Did You Know?
Dogs understand as many as 140 words and gestures--roughly the same number as a two-year-old child.

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Iris Ocampo Says:

Jan 2, 2017 - Kiss your hand 5 times
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Elisabet Lönnqvist Says:

Jan 1, 2017 - My dog understod when i said come sit down she came to me and sitted down.

Chiiicken Nugget Says:

Dec 10, 2016 - Know I think they're running out of ideas

Amir Rawani Says:

Oct 27, 2016 - Why are these videos really old

Vicky Puente Says:

Oct 8, 2016 - omg it works

Chiararose Hale Says:

Jun 20, 2016 - I tried to say hello but she growled at me

TheNightCreeper 123 Says:

Sep 12, 2015 - Thanks howcast

TheNightCreeper 123 Says:

Sep 12, 2015 - O my god it worked

Kenzie Backlin Says:

Jul 14, 2015 - All he is hearing is blah blah blah lol

ItsFareed Says:

Jan 8, 2015 -