How many times have you been caught baby-talking to your dogs, only to be told it is silly? We feel you. But the good news is that talking to your dog daily actually has a host of benefits, not just for the pet but also for you.
Don’t believe us? Hesitant to start a conversation? Check out these top reasons that will prove talking to your dog is probably the best thing to do.
It improves human relationships and your bonding with your dog
The bond between humans and a dog is a powerful one. No wonder we think of dogs as our most loyal and trusted companions. Some dogs open up after the first belly rub, but to forge a long-lasting, endearing bond, human voice is essential to put them at ease and make them comfortable around you. People have also been found to use dogs to help resolve conflicts between each other.
They learn through repetition
We are not saying they’ll catch up on language structure and grammar, but they do understand quite a few words, which helps you train them better as well. There are some words like ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ that are explicitly taught to them. But there are some others that they tend to learn on their own like ‘treat’ or ‘ball’. The category of word doesn’t matter; it’s all about using those words daily for them to learn and understand what you want to communicate.
It’s good for your mental health
Talking is a great way to put your problems out in the open and resolve conflicts and issues. And who better than a non-judgemental, passive dog audience. Talking it out helps you reflect on facts and work your way toward a solution. Moreover, there are many therapists who believe that talking to dogs helps people cope with difficult situations and manage conflict resolution. Talking to your pet is a good way to vent and maintain mental health.
Want to start chatting up your dog? Great, go ahead! But remember, that while what you say to your dog is important, the tone of voice you use is crucial. Different tones of voice should be used to distinguish between commands, corrections, or praise. While commands require a firm, strong tone, corrections should be a little lower and sharper. Praise can be more excited and pleasant, but not too much that the dog wiggles out of control.
Go ahead, share this knowledge with your other pet friends!