The dog’s failure to verbalize what they want and what they feel has not become a hindrance to the formation of close ties between humans and dogs as both can understand each other. How can dogs make humans and other animals understand what they want to say? Through body language and a form of vocalization, dogs can make humans, dogs and other animals understand what they want to say. Dog owners would attest to the fact that man’s best friend really do have the ability to show their feelings and to convey what they mean to their human friends.

Being pack animals, it would be an inherent attitude of dogs to dominate other dogs thus in a two or three dog household, one would be the leader of the pack. Dogs have a unique form of communicating with other dogs. Similar to wolves in the wild, the dominant dog that takes the position of the alpha male can restore order in the pack when the pack members are being unruly. The alpha male will assume a dominant position, bare the teeth and let out a menacing growl that would instantly make dogs lower in rank manifest a submissive attitude by lowering the eyes and by holding the tail between the legs.

The bared teeth and the threatening growl of the pack leader will be enough to warn other dogs in the pack. Butt sniffing is a form of communication distinct to dogs. It is rather amusing to see dogs greet and communicate with each other as this is done by sniffing each other’s rear end.

Through the long years of association, man has finally understood the sounds as well as the body movement of dogs so that even if these animals were not gifted with the ability to speak they can still communicate with their human friend. Its true, dogs and humans have different ways of communicating but a patient and discerning pet owner will understand what the pet needs and what the pet want to convey simply by understanding the body movements as well as the facial expression of the dog. The barking as well as the posture of a dog that is excited at the arrival of the master is different from the barking of a dog wanting to alert the owners to the presence of intruders.

Apart from being man’s best friends, dogs are also man’s most loyal companions. Dogs cannot talk but these are intelligent animals and they would know how to get their message across and humans have come to understand the pet by learning the meaning of the dog’s vocalization and body movements.

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