More than words can say… | Sunday Observer

More than words can say…

The next time your neighbor catches you having an enthusiastic conversation with your dog, start spouting off these facts to kindly inform them of the benefits of talking to dogs.

Whether you’re telling your pup about your dinner plans or going into detail about how wonderful they are, your conversation is an important part of your dog’s day.

Many people ask what I mean when I suggest they “talk” to their animals. Surely I don’t mean that we have a direct verbal conversation, like a human would have with another human? The animals can’t possibly understand the words that we’re saying, can they? They don’t communicate on the same level that humans do, right?

Obviously, dogs can’t talk, so their “language” is comprised of other signals. Canine communication is a complex system of sign language, vocalisation, and even scent cues. They are pretty flexible with members of their family group. That’s why it’s so important to socialize your puppy early and continue throughout his or her life. Your dog considers you and other people and pets in the household to be a part of his family group, and acts accordingly.

Dogs use vocalisations, scent, and body language alone or in combination. Each type of communication has advantages and disadvantages. While a vocalisation can only be sustained one breath at a time, a body posture can be held nearly forever. Dogs “talk” with their ears, eyes, body posture, fur elevation, tail semaphore and more.

They use combinations of each technique to communicate meaning. Very basically, canine communication is used to either decrease the distance between individuals with signals that ask for attention, like wagging their tail or to increase the distance between individuals with warning signals such as growls. What we say to our dogs is important. How we say it is crucial. Different tones of voice are used to distinguish between commands, corrections, and praise. Commands are given in a firm, strong tone of voice. Dogs evolved with an ability and fascination of paying close attention to the humans they love. So your puppy will meet you halfway, given a chance, and learn a large human vocabulary, particularly when words are used with consistency. They’ll start picking up on words you say frequently, and that better understanding of your language will lead to improved communication between your dog and self.

You and your dog don’t speak the same native language, but dogs are expert linguists. They’ve learned to adapt to life with humans, and a big part of that is learning our language. They don’t understand things like sentence structure and grammar, but they can easily catch on to vocabulary.

Dog language not only allows them to communicate and understand each other. It is also a system used for conflict resolution, including calming signals that head off fights. In fact, once you understand how dogs communicate and the way they interpret your verbal and silent body language, you can learn how to talk to them.

If your relationship is to reach its full potential, it is important that you understand what he’s saying so that you can teach him what you want. Don’t expect puppies or adult dogs to automatically understand and read your mind.

Puppies make behavior mistakes because they don’t know any better. Listening to you is the best way your dog knows how to learn, and every time you open your mouth, there’s opportunity for them to learn more.

The bond between you and your dog is a powerful thing. The potential for a relationship based on mutual love and respect is one of the main reasons why people adopt dogs in the first place.Whilst dogs may not speak to us in our language, they communicate loud and clear in their own.

They can tell what kind of mood you’re in by watching your face while you talk and listening to the slight changes of pitch in your voice.

There’s a difference between human and canine body language, but they put all the pieces of the communication puzzle together to accurately figure out the basics of what you’re thinking. With time, they’ll learn to recognize the nuances between canine body language and human body language, and it’ll all lead to better understanding and communication.

The truth is, animals do understand us when we communicate verbally with them. They sense our meaning and emotions on other levels as well, but they are perfectly capable of processing verbal information.

There’s lots more to learn, but now that you know a bit more about how dogs feel and communicate, make things fair on your dog, help them whenever you can and enjoy building on that very special bond together! When your dog learns that you can be relied on to listen to what he is saying and respond, your relationship will grow and his behaviour will naturally improve.

Making an effort to talk to them on a regular basis shows everyone, even that nosy neighbor, that you and your dog are the best of friends.

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