There are many ways to communicate with your dog. While it is true that we can never communicate verbally with each other or literally have a broad conversation, we can venture to communicate with our pet and achieve better bonds with our dog. As we have already mentioned, a real conversation is not possible, however, we can talk with your dog , train it with specific words and communicate non-verbally, that is, through bodily expressions among others.
Verbal communication for your pet
It is when you speak to your dog, in fact over time you will notice that he will understand perfectly many of the words that you commonly say to him.
The most important word
Fundamentally the most important word for him to learn is his name , the younger or puppy you make him learn it, the better. Every time you call him, you will strengthen his identification with that word so that he finally learns that you mean him. You should not change his name or call him with cuddles or other ways of referring to him as “honey” or “cute little thing.” Remember that your dog is not a human and does not have a complete language you must teach or strengthen specific words and his name is the most important.
Knowing the limits
The other word very important that he should learn from you, is definitely the word “No” . When your pet is just a puppy to think that everything he does is fine and he will only think of having fun, over time he must notice where he should be or what he can or cannot do. There is no doubt that actions such as chewing on shoes, scratching a sofa, dumping the garbage can deserve a definite and consistent “No”.
Train him before other words
Many people train their pets to obey certain words or commands. Some commands are friendlier or more humorous like “Give me the paw”, “Spin around”, “Stand up” or any other playful or funny action you want your pet to do.
There are other words with more inclination towards obeying or behaving in a certain situation, among them they may be “Sit”, “Quiet”, “Silence” (if he is barking), “Come closer” and even “Attack” in an emergency.
In summary, the more words you teach your puppy, the more you communicate with him will take hold and he will not only be a pet to occupy a space in your home, but he will be a much stronger company.
Talk to him a little without waiting for an answer
Try to speak a little affectionate to them, because they may not literally understand everything you are saying as well as a human. But they can definitely read the way you express yourself, the gestures on your face, and they know if you are saying words of affection or are despising them.
Imagine that you come from your house and you say something like “Hello Espait, how did you behave today?”, “Espait were you a little lonely, precious little one?”, “You are a charm!” The most possible thing is that he will excite and wag his tail and be very attentive to everything you say to him so that he cannot converse in your dialect, but he can see the purpose of what you want to say to him or if you are comfortable with he.
They understand you
As we mentioned before you do not need to talk to them so that they understand you which person is speaking. Dogs are intelligent enough so that they can “read” your face or expression and know well what you want to say. They can perfectly notice your attitude towards them and the clearest thing about this is their reactions or responses to you.
If you are upset he will walk away or hide; if you want to play with him he will jump or look for his toy; If you want to make a lot of pampering and affection, it will come very close for you to caress it. All this makes communication with your dog very real and these are some among many other reactions that he has before you or other people.
Non-verbal communication from your pet
Understand your pet
But it is not only about talking to your pet, but you can also try to read their behavior a little and understand it, since they certainly cannot communicate with you in a verbal way but they do try to express what they feel. or they need you.
Canine body language
Their poses, their looks, the shape of their tail if applicable, there are many data that a dog gives us to better know how it is or if it wants to tell us something. Here we give you some information about what your dog could be saying to you and you have not noticed it yet.
Among the most common things your pet can tell you is the following:
- I’m sorry: If you just caught your dog doing something wrong like making a mess in the kitchen, trying to get away, or maybe he has dirtied the sofa or destroyed a shoe, he probably knows very well that you are very angry and also (especially if he has done it before) he understands very well that he is guilty of what happened. This situation is going to make him feel ashamed and you can notice it in his body expression. The way to see that he is distressed is because his tail is lowered perhaps between his legs, his body is low as if bending, his ears are back and his breathing rate is fast, he could also look for a place to hide.
- I’m Annoyed: He is up and very firm, you can see his hair quite bristling on his back, his tail well raised, his ears well raised too and a little forward, but the clearest sign is that he shows his fangs although not necessarily. If he starts barking and jumping, it’s because he’s really upset.
- I’m Eager: He curves his back and then tilts his ears back, his tail is lowered too.
- I’m Afraid: His head is tilted, his tail is between his legs, his pupils are dilated, his ears are turned back, his hair may be a little on the brink, do not trust yourself, despite being afraid he could attack someone if he is intimidated.
- I’m hungry: He lies on the floor but with his head up looking at you and if he has it within reach, he will do it near his food plate.
- I’m curious: Tilt your head a little, staring at what you want to explore.
- I miss you, I am happy to see you: He leans a little and moves his tail a lot, he can also approach you and stand on two legs leaning on you. When you get home you will surely see how he does it.
- I beg you: He sits down and puts his big eyes and small mouth as well as his little ears slightly back. You can notice it especially when he wants to go for a walk and he reads your intentions not to do it or that you are not willing to go out. He will sit next to you and you will see this expression on him.
- Leave me alone: If you are trying to play with your dog but see that he is still lying on the ground but looking at you with open and expressive eyes and attentive to what you say, it simply means that you leave him alone that he is not willing to play with you.
- I’m ready to play: In this case it will have the hind legs well raised but the front legs down, that is, it is inclined but with the tail raised waiting for you to play.
- I love you: If your dog is very calm while you pet him and sticks his tongue out repeatedly, it means that he really likes you. Another way of telling you that he likes you is for him to lie down on the floor and show you his belly.
- I have respect for you: When you give him an order and he immediately sits down and stays calm, he wants to tell you that he respects you and recognizes that you are the leader or person in charge.
Other forms, more general expressions
Not only the attitudes of each situation tell us about our dog, it can also be noted in a general way if your dog has a comfortable view or if he really does not feel well.
- I am not Happy: A sad or “depressed” dog (if the expression is comparable), you mainly notice it because it does not feel like eating, it does not want to play, it is always lying down, it does not get excited very often. You may also be sick or ill.
- I’m Happy: He’s always relaxed, sleeps a lot, gets excited about mealtime, and eats hearty. He is willing to play and wants attention and affection. If your dog is very energetic or young, he can jump constantly.
So do not be in doubt that your pet in one way or another Your dog is talking to you! Don’t let it pass.
Dogs and humans, not so different
If you look closely, in general, it is quite intuitive to notice when your dog is afraid , is upset, is comfortable with you or wants to play among other things, many of these ways of expressing himself we have already observed and we understand in a common or natural way without being too detail-oriented.
So what can be concluded is that we can constantly understand the dog and reach a certain degree of communication, our dog is not a plant, it actually has a certain degree of similarity with us, he can also feel fearful, bored, annoyed, anxious, etc. The most special occasion of all is when he can somehow tell you that he loves you and that he is comfortable with you.
If you are spiritual, you have to know this about dogs
If you like to see the most spiritual sense of things, we are all living beings in perfect harmony with nature and life, in fact many times animals harmonize better with nature than people. Our pets for being an animal or “not being human” do not deserve to be dismissed.
Our dogs and many of the animals in general, not because they are different from us, does it mean that they do not deserve to be considered as valuable beings for the world or for our lives, they are equally sensitive beings provided with energy occupying a place in our world like us.
It does not mean that you are going to immediately put an altar or put a place at the table with cutlery because we know that they do not have hands or cannot talk in a wide and feedback way, but if you have respect for them and awareness of what they can contribute to your life and your family maybe you can get to establish better bonds with animals especially with your dog.
If you manage to have this awareness about your dog, pets or animals in general, somehow you will learn with it the humility and simplicity of life, another more altruistic way to feed back on the love that your pet gives you.
Become your dog’s best friend
We hope that with all this information you can definitely improve communication with your pet so that he feels more attached to your dog and he can also obey you in addition to feeling a company of your dog at a higher level.