The Secret Language of Dogs

I grew up in the nineties, so I have been indoctrinated by clumsily written animated movies to believe that if a dog ever does start talking to me, it's going to have a celebrity voice. Maybe Kevin Bacon or Mel Gibson. (Oh, well, it could be worse - if I'd been born a few years later, I might grow up thinking that the appropriate voice for a dog is the high-pitched yet villainous squeal from the evil dog in Pixar's 'Up').

Of course, despite some people saying they wish their dogs could talk, I'm happy to have things as they are. Perhaps the reason people love their pets so much is because, with such simple means of communication as pets have at their disposal, there isn't really much room for antipathy.

A dog is never going to accidentally hurt your feelings, or express an opinion incompatible with yours. However, that isn't to say that your dog isn't trying to communicate with you. All animals have methods of communication, and your pets are no different. With some animals, these methods can be quite elaborate. I remember reading a study that found that bees can communicate to each other where pollen is by the way that the fly.

When it comes to your dog, there are all kinds of vocal and bodily clues it's always trying to give you, if you're willing to learn. After all, you do expect your dog to learn what you mean when you say 'sit', or 'roll over', or 'get help, I'm trapped in a well', or 'mow the lawn'. (Is that last one just me?) So it's really only fair you take the time to learn what a dog is saying when it wags its tail on the left side rather than the right, for instance.

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