Dog Communication Skills

Dogs have clear ways of communicating. If you live with a dog or would like to, you’ll want to read this article. One of the primary skills we teach all our clients is how to communicate with and understand their dog.

The article Dogs Growl Honestly and Women Understand Better than Men by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. will give you excellent insight into dog behavior.

Dogs are vocal animals, and most of us at one time or another have heard a wide variety of sounds ranging from growls to barks, whines, and whimpers. But how good are we at determining the emotional state of a dog when she or he is growling? A new and very important study by Hungarian researchers T. Faragó, N. Takács, Á. Miklósi, and P. Pongrácz called “Dog growls express various contextual and affective content for human listeners” shows we’re pretty good at assigning context and emotional state to different growls, and that women are better than men at doing so. The abstract for this study (available online) reads as follows:… Click here to read Dr. Bekoff’s article.

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