10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You if She Could

Even though she doesn’t speak, your dog can tell you a lot.

A madly wagging tail, happy expression, maybe even a special bark tell you she’s happy. If she’s slinking around, cowering or shivering, you know she’s frightened. When she won’t make eye contact and backs away from your touch, she’s afraid she let you down.

But for all the things she can tell you with different noises, expressive eyes, talented ears and other body language, she can’t use words to speak with you. If she could, here are 10 things she’d like you to know:

Why does she roll around on smelly things?

Yeah, she knows you hate that, but it’s a dog thing. Instinct tells her to mask her scent, and instinctual habits are hard to break.

And why sniff other dogs’ hindquarters?

Another thing she knows you hate. But if you only knew all the information she can get about that strange dog by doing that!

A dog’s memory doesn’t work the same as a human’s.

If your dog does something that you do or don’t like, you need to reward her or scold her immediately.

Your dog’s vocabulary is limited.

Try to use the same word for the same thing. She can learn five different words for “dinner” but it will be easier for her to just learn the one.

Voice inflections do make a difference, though.

Although your dog doesn’t understand a lot of words, she does pay close attention to the tone of your voice. Telling her she’s a good dog in a stern or angry voice will confuse her.

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Your dog is also very attuned to your body language.

Make sure your actions match your vocal tone and words: she will probably react more to how you act than to what you say.

She likes a break in the routine as much as you do.

Yes, it is important that a dog’s schedule is set to an extent—but taking her for a walk or a car ride out of the blue can be as fun for her as it is for you.

You don’t own your dog: your dog owns you.

When she rubs against your leg, pushes her head up against your hand, or sits on your foot, it is in part to get your attention. But it’s also to get her scent on you to broadcast to other dogs: “You can’t have this person: he’s mine.”

She can get bored and lonely when you’re gone.

You might think that if all your dog does is sleep most of the time, that she wouldn’t care if you’re home or away. But that’s not the case. Even if she does sleep while you’re home, she still knows you there. She can miss you greatly when you’re at work—and that can lead to destructive behavior.

You are your dog’s reason for living.

You have friends, family, work, and other relationships that keep you busy, happy and fulfilled. But your dog only has you. Spend as much time as you can with your dog. She wants nothing more than to be with you.

Dogs spend their lifetimes getting to know their owners so they can better please them. If you spend even a fraction of that amount of time getting to know your dog, you will enrich each other’s live
s beyond compare.

Meet the Author: Pam Hair

Pam Hair is a pet industry copywriter with Fuzzy Friends Writer, where she combines her three passions: a love of animals, a strong desire to help other people, and the joy of writing. She has been a pet parent over the years to dogs, cats, and a variety of rodents. Currently she and her husband share their home with two guinea pigs.

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