Your dog is part of the family and sometimes your only companion. Who is to say that speaking to your canine is abnormal; in fact, who is more willing to listen without attitude or talking back. Pet parents generally talk to them in baby talk and the funny thing is, it seems as though they understand us. At least we would like to think so. Obviously there are some words and phrases that our dogs definitely respond to although it does not mean they understand everything we say. They associate words or phrases with a certain action that they have learned, and yes, we have to spell things out in certain situations. Dogs have their own way of communicating with us and I think most times they have us trained although it should be the other way around. You can contact your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home for some training tips on how to communicate with your dog.
Perhaps if your dog walks to the door, he is communicating that he wants to go outside. If he is circling the kitchen or particular cabinet or door that holds the food, he may be telling you it’s time to eat. Some dogs will push their bowl around to signal that they are hungry or want a drink of water, or possibly try to signal you by going back-and-forth between you and the bowl to let you know it’s empty. Whatever method they use they get their point across most times.
Dogs communicate with us sometimes through barking, whining and whimpering, by body language or both. As a responsible pet parent, no one knows your dog better than you do. No one can be more in tune to what he is conveying to you through his communication with you. When you first train your dog as a pup, it is learning how to communicate with you through your hand signals and associated words. Of course your dog cannot verbalize to you but relies strictly on body language, gestures and sounds.
Body language plays a crucial part in understanding what your dog is trying to say. For example,
- A little quiet bark associated with a growl is a warning sign of potential danger, such as the presence of a stranger or an intruder. The barking will continue, possibly associated with the showing of his teeth if it fears danger.
- Short quick barks are a sign that your dog knows something is going on but he cannot see it. The barking will continue until he can actually see some type of action. For instance, your dog may hear a car parking or someone coming to the door until the doorbell rings or someone does come in. Those short, quick barks are just a warning for you.
- Long steady prolonged barking may be the dogs way to communicate that he is alone and lonely.
- A yelping type of bark signifies your dog is in pain or injured.
- A low pitched stutter-type bark normally conveys that your dog wants to play. As the pitch gets higher, your dog is showing more excitement, saying “play with me.”
Aside from their barking, there are other ways that your dog tries to get your attention, other ways of communicating their needs. Those needs may be his way of saying “notice me, I want to play now.” Your dog may use certain sounds to communicate his feelings such as “I am nervous are anxious” by whining, “I am upset or irritated” by whimpering or “leave me alone” through growling.
Part of the body language may be the way he looks at you. Obviously if your dog makes eye contact with you, he wants your undivided attention. Sometimes if your dog wants a certain object and your interaction, he may just stare at that object. You may have a dog that likes to play every waking moment and brings you a toy, staring at it while wagging its tail and jumping up until you give in to the demand to play. On the other hand, if your dog is looking away from you, it may be a way of saying he’s guilty about something, in awe or just shy about a certain situation. Many a dog will react this way when reprimanded, giving that averted look.
Your dog will use its body language more than sound, although the two work together to get the message across to you. Never underestimate your dog’s intelligence. He knows exactly what he wants and how to communicate that to you. Being in tune to your dogs particular behaviors, you most often know exactly what they need at that moment, and of course it is important that they know as well what you expect of them and what you are saying. This makes for a harmonious and happy relationship between you and your dog.
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If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy
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