How does your dog communicate with you?

Many garden enthusiasts tell how they communicate with their plants and can understand them when they lack water, need a change of pot or prefer another corner. Dogs also have a way of communicating with you, through their behavior and certain “tics” that you can learn to understand if you pay attention.

How does your dog talk to you?

Dogs and humans are social animals and we need to communicate with our peers and with others. To do this, we use various visual, sound, olfactory and tactile signals.

Human beings have a great advantage with sound communication, we have a complex language, we can also make gestures and we have a very developed touch. Something our dogs love because we give them the best petting.

In the case of dogs, their greatest talent for communication lies in smell, although they also emit quite effective visual signals.

If you pay a little more attention and make an effort, you will surely come to understand your dog better and enjoy his company to the full.

Your dog has evolved to be understood

Throughout evolution, dogs have learned to interpret our gestures and know our intentions. They anticipate if they can get something good out of us by the way we move and act and also if they should run away or if they don’t trust us.

They are a real machine for interpreting our emotions. Their strong sense of smell also helps them. They are able to sense the stress coming out of the pores of our skin and act accordingly.

Do you know how to interpret your dog’s emotions?

There are studies that indicate that humans are able to differentiate what our dogs mean through their vocalizations. You can tell a bark of anger from one of joy.

However, with such a density of dogs in our cities and the lack we still have in understanding the language of dogs, it is not surprising that some conflicts arise between dogs that could have been avoided. Even some people are bitten by a misunderstanding of canine thinking.

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The 3 Signals Your Dog Gives Every Day and What They Mean

1. Shake your whole body, like you just got out of the bathroom: If your dog on his walk, or at home, is shaking like he just came out of the bathroom, but it didn’t happen… he’s telling you that his body has reached a level of stress that needed to be reduced.

Your dog relaxes his muscles and resets the “stress meter” to zero.

It is a positive action because it allows your dog to release this tension and not accumulate it in his body, which could lead to a chronification of stress and affect his health.

What must be taken into account is that the situation or the context in which he was before the shake caused him stress.

For example, if he’s shaking after giving him a hug… or after passing a dog.

2. Yawns even after resting: Dogs yawn when they are sleepy, but also when they are tense or uncomfortable. Yawning helps your brain take in oxygen. If your dog yawns a lot, you may need to do activities that relax you and let you off steam regularly to help reduce this stress. In addition to identifying what factors are stressing you to reorient your daily life and help you.

3. He snaps his nose: You can see this signal in a high percentage of dogs when they pass yours on a walk. With it, dogs show mild concern, usually in the face of something unfamiliar or causing them discomfort. Licking your nose helps you calm down and cope better. But you should be careful with the interaction if he licks himself before another dog arrives, so that both are comfortable and the stress does not rise more than necessary.

Careful observation will become your best resource to fully understand your own dog, so now you know, observe, learn that each animal is a world.


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