How do dogs communicate?

Nature may not have gifted dogs with the ability to speak but the human-dog association that spanned thousands of years have allowed humans to understand the dog’s form of communication. How can dogs impart what they want to say? Dogs are truly intelligent animals as they can make humans and other animals understand what they want to say by using body movements and a unique form of vocalization. Dog owners would attest to the fact that man’s best friend really do have the ability to show their feelings and to convey what they mean to their human friends.

Dogs are pack animals and in a household with two or three dogs, the dominant dog will show leadership over the other dogs lower in rank. Dogs communicate with each other in a unique way. The leader of the pack can easily stop unruly play between pack members. All the alpha male has to do is to assume an intimidating position, bare the teeth and growl and dogs lower in rank will show signs of being submissive by lowering the eyes and holding the tail between the legs.

The bared teeth and the threatening growl of the pack leader will be enough to warn other dogs in the pack. When meeting people, humans shake each other’s hand, dogs sniff each other’s butt as a form of communication. It is rather amusing to see dogs greet and communicate with each other as this is done by sniffing each other’s rear end.

Through the long years of association, man has finally understood the sounds as well as the body movement of dogs so that even if these animals were not gifted with the ability to speak they can still communicate with their human friend. Dogs are believed to be highly attuned to the feeling of their master so that understanding humans would be easy for our canine friends but humans have a higher level of intelligence than dogs so that in spite of the communication barrier, humans can understand dogs by observing its body movements and facial expression. For instance the barking and the body movement of the dog excited at the arrival of the master would be different from the barking when the dog is trying to protect the territory from an intruder.

Apart from being man’s best friends, dogs are also man’s most loyal companions. It would certainly be nice if dogs can talk so that the pet can give its two cents worth of opinion on the troubles of the master but since man and dog have a different ways of communicating, both would have to be content with understanding each other’s body language and facial expression.


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