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How do Dogs Communicate with Humans?
Transcript of How do Dogs Communicate with Humans?
Dog Communication with Humans
Human and Dog communication
Can you Guess What These Dogs are Trying to Say?
Now that you have learned a little about dog communication do you think you can understand what these dogs are trying to say?
Fun Facts About Dog's and their barks
- The Basenji is the only dog that doesn't bark but occasionally sings!
- Dogs aren't the only ones who bark, the prairie dog, deer, monkey, fox and sea lion all bark!
- Daz, a white german shepherd is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records because of his bark at 108 decibels! That's almost as loud as a train passing close to you!
- Woof isn't the only interpretation of a dog bark, in Ireland they say amh amh, in Bali they say kong kong and in south Korea they say meong meong
Dog to Dog Communication
Without a sound, two dogs meeting for the first time can make an opinion about each other in just a few moments. An exchange of glances can tell each dog if they're going to be friends or enemies.
How do dogs do this? Well, they use facial expressions, body language and posturing. Although dogs often communicate by barks and growls, the message is not complete without the body and facial language.
There is no one sign that gives away a dog's feelings but if you consider all the body language signs, you can get a pretty good idea of what's going on in the dog's head. A dog that is staring at another dog, his ears up and his tail stiff, is probably displaying dominance, or at least a wish for it. On the other hand, a dog that is looking away from another dog with his tail between his legs is probably trying to stay out of the way and not be dominant.
Dogs are not big on vocal communication but they do produce various types of sounds, ranging from whimpering and muttering to growling and barking.
Although English is a second language for dogs, they do recognize a number of human sounds. CAT or SIT are particularly easy for dogs to understand. Dogs can learn literally hundreds of human sounds but they are not good at putting them together. For example, you can teach a dog SIT and you can teach him the word DINNER but when you tell him "SIT IN YOUR DINNER" he will be lost and confused. That is where the body language comes in to help the dog understand.
Dogs may not be experts in vocal communication but they definitely are experts in sending and understanding body language. Once a dog registers that a stop motion of your hand means SIT it will probably stick in his mind. On the other hand, a dog may teach you that every time he barks he wants to go out. Or every time he tilts is head he is confused. Dogs are such experts in body language that a deaf Dalmatian named, Hogan, knows 45 words in sign language! Also another Dog named chaser, knows the names of 1000 different toys!
Dog to Dog Communication
- Without a sound two dogs can make an opinion about each other in a few moments.
- They do this by using body language, posture and facial expressions.
- This can determine whether they will be friends or enemies.
- Dogs aren't experts in Vocal communication but they are in body language.
- Dogs are such experts at communicating through body language a Dalmatian named Hogan knows 45 words in sign language.
- A human can teach a dog hundreds of words but the dog won't be able to string them together