Learn to Speak a Pup’s Language
Dog Expression Intro Slide
Canines and humans have been cohabiting for many years, and the former deserve most of the credit for the love affair. They have a long history of being extremely adaptable friends, open to learning all they can from us, and working hard to fit into our world. Without the mutual effort to understand one another, much can get lost in translation. We owe it to our canine companions to learn a little of their language.
Tracey Stewart and her husband, Jon, live in New Jersey with their children and 14 rescued animals. She is a former veterinary technician. This excerpt is from her book, Do Unto Animals (Artisan Books).
A subtle tilted head and a softly wagging tail say, “I’m all ears!”
A dog crouching low to the ground with his tail between his legs is begging,"Get me out of here!"
There's the pointed-ears and wiggly-body "I'm feeling happy" look!
We all know the "Really, you should drop everything and throw me that ball" look, known as the play bow position.
Dogs have an incredible sense of hearing. An erect neck and perked-up ears tell us that they are well aware of what’s going on. Amazingly, dogs can locate the source of a sound in six-hundredths of a second.