How to Talk Your Puppy

If you just brought a puppy into your home, congratulations. You’re in for a life full of fun, joy, and (potentially) a large amount of frustration. While there’s no doubt that puppies are super cute and bring so much happiness to the family, it’s important to remember that your new fur friend doesn’t speak your language the way another person does. This means that you’ll have to communicate with them differently than how you communicate with other people. So how do you communicate with your puppy? Let’s find out!

Communicating with a puppy is not the same as communicating with your best friend.

How to communicate with your puppy is not the same as communicating with a best friend or family member. Puppies are very playful, energetic, curious and dependent on their owners. They also have incredibly sensitive emotional systems that make them able to feel love beyond imagining.

Because puppies are so impressionable during these early months I want you to understand how important it is for you to be consistent in whatever training methods you choose. If you start out using negative reinforcement (like leash corrections) and then switch over to positive reinforcement (like treats) later on in the puppy’s life, this inconsistency will confuse him/her greatly because he/she won’t understand why one approach worked at first but not now when it’s being used again!

Verbal Cues

To communicate with your puppy, you need to use the same tone of voice you would use with a child. This means:

  • Keep it short and simple.
  • Use a calm, low-pitched voice (the same one you’d use when speaking to a baby).
  • Use a happy tone of voice (or something approximating happiness).
  • Use an excited or high-pitched tone for very important things like food or playtime (but not for everything else).

If there’s one thing that most people want to tell their puppies all the time, it’s “no.” When saying no, make sure that you’re using an authoritative tone—one that makes clear that whatever behavior is happening needs to stop immediately. The best way to do this is by raising your voice slightly higher than normal and speaking firmly but not loudly enough so as not  to startle anyone nearby

Watch Your Body Language

  • Keep your body language consistent. Your puppy will be learning to read your nonverbal cues, so it’s important that you communicate clearly by using the same gestures, movements and expression throughout. For example, if you say “sit” and then crouch down with an outstretched hand as if you’re about to pet him on the head (which is what a lot of people instinctively do), he might think sitting means getting petted.
  • Don’t use body language contradict other aspects of communication. If you’ve asked for quiet attention and then give a sharp tug on his leash as he starts wagging his tail, he’ll probably get confused about what exactly it was that caused that reaction from you—and frustration may ensue.

Don’t Get Frustrated — Be Patient

As you’re training your puppy, it’s important to remember that they are learning and that their development has its own internal logic. If you understand the process of how puppies learn, you’ll be more patient with them when they make mistakes.

Puppies aren’t babies. No matter how much we might wish that our puppies could speak English like humans do, it just isn’t so! Be patient with them as they try to communicate what’s on their minds; don’t expect them to understand human speech or follow instructions as quickly as an adult dog would (or even an older puppy).

Puppies aren’t people either—no matter how much we want them to understand us and respond appropriately every time we speak or gesture at them! They can only understand basic commands like “Sit” or “Stay”, but this will take time for both of you since your puppy is still learning what those words mean in context with each other (and possibly other things too). Don’t get angry if your pup doesn’t obey right away — just keep practicing until he gets used to it!

Set Boundaries and Stick to Them — It Might Be Hard, But Your Puppy Will Thank You

When it comes to communicating with your puppy, one of the most important things you can do for them is set boundaries. It might be hard at first, but if you stick to them and keep reinforcing them over time, your puppy will learn what’s okay and what isn’t. You need to set boundaries early on so that you can avoid problems later on in the relationship.

  • Don’t give in to demands: If your puppy wants something and it’s not okay for him or her at that moment (like jumping on visitors), then don’t give him or her what he or she wants just because he or she cries about it! Just say no firmly and then ignore any further begging until he or she understands that this behavior won’t get them anywhere with their humans.
  • Be consistent: The key here is consistency—you’ve got to keep saying no regardless of how much they whine and cry! Once they realize that whining doesn’t work anymore (and trust me—it won’t), they’ll stop doing it so much and start paying attention instead when their human speaks up instead of just letting him/herself be manipulated into giving something up because he/she knows how effective whining can be sometimes…


Puppies are like children, they can be hard to read and understand. They do not communicate in the same way that adults do, but there is a lot that they can tell us if we take the time to listen. By paying attention to our puppy’s body language and behavior we will be able to understand them better and build a stronger bond with them.