What does she want from me?
I say that less about my dog than I ever have in my life.
Thanks to expert advice and hours of observation, I’m better at understanding dog than ever before. But I could still use a dictionary for certain dog idioms.
For instance, what does it mean when Honey
- jumps up on the ottoman and stares at me when she doesn’t need an outside break, has just eaten, and I have no dirty plates that need licking
- sleeps on the hardwood floor on a cool day despite half a dozen expensive dog beds scattered on the floor and comfy upholstered furniture
- lies under my desk while I’m working despite looking worried I’m going to step on her every time I shift position
But it takes advanced communication skills to understand those things. So I’ll just continue working on my fluency and hopefully we’ll understand each other better in no time.
In the meantime, many people, including millions who live with dogs every day, don’t have basic dog language skills.
Honey’s trainer, Russ, posted a helpful video of dog language basics on Facebook yesterday. I have a feeling that if more people saw and understood it, dogs would lead much happier lives.
The trainers at The Family Dog made the video. On their website, they have some great tips for understanding dog body language, including a simple way to teach it to young children.
I have shared it everywhere in hopes of getting the message to someone who needs it.
Now if only they could make a video explaining what Honey is trying to tell us when she stands on my husband’s testicles.
Your Turn: Is there something your dogs do that you just can’t understand?