What is your dog thinking about? – Part 2

Put yourself in others’ shoes! This is what was instilled in me from the environment that I was brought up in. Of course, for me that has included my pets, dogs and/or cats for that matter. For one thing, this attitude has always allowed me to be more human, if you know what I mean, and to understand others’ moods and behaviors better than most I know. Certainly, as good dog owners, you tend to understand not only your own pet, but if you have the time to just spare a thought beyond, you would probably understand what the dog on the street or your neighbor’s dog is thinking about. All you just do is look at your dog in the eye and talk to it as if you are to your child or your friend. And there you are, you get your answer in sign and/or sound.

Not all dogs share their feelings alike. I have both a bitch and a dog at home, both rescued and adopted from animal shelter as pups.

My dog is not expressive in signs but more in sounds. He makes a variety of sounds from howling to sighing to snorting to barking to sneezing, and makes those irritating whining whistling noises. He does not go overboard welcoming you home, again just those sounds and a slight wagging of tail to indicate he is happy to see you. Those sounds indicate a longing for something to resigning to reproach to anger, to clearing his nose to make a better sound. In any case, he is insistent and gets his wants catered to on time.

Well, my other dog, the bitch, is an absolute opposite. She just can’t wait to catch you in the eye. She doesn’t make sounds, but if she did, it means serious business. She communicates with her eyes and uses the sign language. The looks can vary from seeking your attention to questioning to looking you down. She will make all those funny gestures asking for your attention, like raising one hand in the air, or standing on her two feet, that is when she wants us to let her out.

She is not a great eater, but when its lunchtime, she sits in attention with ears cocked up and looking expectantly. She likes to cozy up in the sofa, and looking at it you will feel you are trespassing somehow in your own home, but at the same time it goes overboard welcoming you home.

Dogs understand distress and seek help too. Once a street dog was locked up inadvertently at our neighbor’s when they were out, and my dogs brought it to my attention by whining and scratching. For a change, even my dog looked me in the eye and seemed to tell me to go and rescue that dog, which I eventually did.

These pets surely think, albeit in their own language, and have deep feelings, and how we respond and give them their time surely deepens the bond we share with them.

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