Our dogs are master communicators. Honest communicators. No hypocrisy, no ulterior motive. If only we know what they are saying.
They understand us through our body language and tone of voice. I would like to believe Ginger has adopted a good vocabulary of English, to know when she's getting her meals, walks, treats, hugs and praises!
They on the other hand communicate with us through their tails, ears, eyes and posture. I recently found an amazing phone app with clear, concise illustrations to let us read our dogs' signals better.
The app is hosted by Diamond, the star dog actor, who demonstrates to us each emotion; happy, curious, caution, alert, submissive, confident, anticipation and so on. What is your dog feeling when greeting visitors and other dogs? How do we read the stressed signals? How is your dog feeling when visiting the vet? When is your dog giving a warning, "enough is enough"?
For what seems like an embarrassing act to us, crotch sniffing is their way of greeting! Now I know!
Read more about Dog Decoder.
If you decide to download Dog Decoder from iTunes, please note the fee of US$3.99 chargeable by iTunes. While this app will potentially improve life with your dog, it acts as a general guide for dog owners. Every dog is an individual just like us.
(Some screenshots from DogDecoder.com)