9 Things Humans Do That Stress Out Our Dogs

4. Using multiple verbal cues to indicate the same behavior

This one can be a tough habit to break! Say your dog is barking at the mailman, so you say, “shh!” “stop!” and “quiet.” You’ve given her three different commands that are supposed mean the same thing: quit barking!

Your dog gets confused so she continues to bark and eventually gets scolded – but she doesn’t know why!

The best plan is to come up with specific words to apply to each trick or command, and to make sure everyone in your family is on the same page.

If you use “down” for “lay down,” you may have to use something like “floor” to tell your pup to get off the bed! (Here is a great article on giving command cues.)

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