Some dogs know just what we need before we even say it. Others don’t seem to understand what they knew just the day before.
And what about you? Do you understand what your dog needs?
Are you and your dog communicating?
Take the quiz.
1. When it’s doggy dinner time, your dog
(A) Is standing by her food dish waiting for you to serve her.
(B) Barks her head off for her food. Come to think of it, she does that even when it isn’t dinner time.
2. When you’re chatting with someone and your dog is in the room too, when you say his name he
(A) Looks up to see what you want.
(B) Continues whatever he was scratching, sniffing, or humping.
3. When you plan a fun activity for your dog, it includes
(A) Being off leash, mud, adventure, and stimulating smells.
(B) Wearing a very itchy costume and having to sit very still and quiet in a crowd filled with food, other dogs, and kids who like to pull fur.
4. “Walkies” are when
(A) Your dog picks the route (within reason; following a squirrel across heavy traffic isn’t too smart) and gets to sniff what she wants along the way.
(B) You catch up on calls you need to return while getting in a power walk around the block with your dog constantly pulling you forward or backward.
5. When your dog has an accident in the house, you know he
(A) Might be sick or just couldn’t wait any longer.
(B) Is getting revenge for (pick one) getting neutered, being left alone, not being allowed to eat garbage.
6. At the dog park, if you hid behind a tree while your dog wasn’t looking, she would
(A) Stop playing for a little while until she figured out where you were.
(B) Never notice you were gone. She might even follow someone else home.
7. Your dog’s favorite tug toy is
(B) Your leg, your lunch, that 25,000 page manuscript of a novel you’ve been writing since college.
8. When your dog barks
(A) You can tell if he’s hungry, has to go outside, or sees a stranger at the door.
(B) You scream,”For the love of God, don’t you ever shut up?”
9. A good dog is
(A) A happy, fulfilled, and tired dog.
(B) One who never barks, pulls on leash, wakes up before six a.m., or farts. You know, a robo-dog.
10. A good person is
(A) Someone who does her best to understand her dog and loves him forever even when it isn’t always easy.
(B) What are you talking about? I just want to have a good dog. It has nothing to do with me.
How did you do?
Obviously we’re hoping to have as many “A” answers as possible. It doesn’t always happen.
But isn’t it lucky our dogs and we have an entire lifetime to work on figuring each other out?
Can you think of a time you felt really good about understanding your dog? For me, it was figuring out what sound Honey made in her crate when she needed a drink of water.
When do you and your dog understand each other the best?