Dogs recognize MUCH more than facial expressions. When I train with Kyleigh, I don't talk to her AT ALL except for the ONE or TWO words I want her to pair with what I want. I use my body language, facial expressions for her to "get it." (Now when she "gets it" I use TONS of praise, words, etc so she knows she's 'got it')
She knows that when she's on her dog bed in a stay and if she goes to get up, she'll look at me and I'll raise my eyebrows as in REALLY? and she lays back down.
If I'm doing something and she barks at me for attention, I turn, look at her sternly, cross my arms and she goes and lays down and wait until I'm done.
I didn't teach Kyleigh "watch me", or anything like that, I simply expect her to be watching me all the time ... and she does! This to me, is being a confident leader ... letting my dog know that I will lead her ... and all she has to do is watch, and she'll know what to do!
Marion’s Zoo-Kyleigh, Raylan-cat, Echo-TAG,
Last edited by Kyleigh; 11-08-2012 at 10:08 AM.