So the question is can we really “Learn Dog language”?
I Love You In Dog language
If you are like me when I say I love my dogs I truly believe they understand my language. And after 50+ years of living and working with dogs, I think I have worked it out.
While barking is an especially important canine expression, your best friend uses their whole body and facial expressions to talk to you all the time, and they won’t necessarily make sounds.
Dogs use pheromones to communicate, something you and I are not even aware of. Their tail, their ears, their paws, their eyes, and their whole body express their emotions, desires, fears, moods, and thoughts, which I will go into more detail about in some of my upcoming articles.
Dogs show their affection with many attitudes, for example following you around the house, paying attention to you, obeying your requests, or simply enjoying a nice nap by your side.
You can learn a lot more about their body language, and on that journey learn many ways to say “I love you” in their language.
If you are like me and love to sleep with your dog, you should know that dogs only have the confidence to relax with those they consider part of their family. You can also spend some quality time playing with your best friend, exercising with him, or simply listening to some relaxing music. These are simple, healthy, and positive ways to please your dog and show him all your affection.
The Doggy Hug Myth
Try not to get confused by the information available on the web about how to tell your dog that you love him.
I remember reading an article in a dog group I am part of and a certified dog trainer like myself (I will put this as politely as I can) said that in his methods of training, staring at them meant giving them a “doggy hug” (as you may have also read on some sites), this is as far from the truth as you can get, this action displays distrust, challenging their status in your family pack or that you are giving them a warning.
The above are just a few things dogs are unsure about regarding human interaction, so it is not recommended that you adopt it with your best friend.
Understanding how to interpret and respond to their body language, will make your dog feel more confident and being understood as part of the family. This greatly helps to improve your best friend’s self-esteem and the bond between the two of you, and more than likely you will be on your way to learning dog language, something true dog lovers all aspire to.
I welcome any comments or questions regarding this article or anything else regarding your dog’s training, nutrition, general happiness, and wellbeing.