Communication Trivia

  • Dogs don't understand pointing. They focus on the tip of your finger, not the item you are pointing at.

  • Dogs often react differently to human males and females, adults and children.

  • Dogs aren't really racist. When dogs bark at unknown people, it is often because they are unfamiliar with their body type or smell, or owners energy level (positive or negative).

  • Staring directly into the eyes of a strange dog may be interpreted as a challenge and may actually encourage the dog react.

  • Standing with your chest facing a dog may also be interpreted as a challenge, stand slightly sideways when meeting a dog for the first time.

  • Dogs communicate with their tail. A wag can mean many things - an aggressive dog may wag their tail, but it will be held high and moving rapidly. A playful dog will also hold his tail high, but it will be wagging in big arches from side to side. Meanwhile a dog that is unsure will hold his tail low and may wag it stiffly back and forth.

For Pet Owners: 10 Canine Commandments,

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me. Do not break my spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you. Your patience will teach me more effectively.

3. Please have me spayed or neutered. (Except for show, working or competition canines)

4. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in the entire world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Donít be angry with me for long, and donít lock me up as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends, and your entertainment. I have only you.

5. Speak to me often. Even if I donít understand your words, I understand your voice when itís speaking to me. Your voice is the sweetest sound I ever hear, as you must know by my enthusiasm whenever I hear your footsteps.

6. Take me in when itís cold and wet, or hot and humid. Iím a domestic animal and am no longer accustomed to the bitter elements. I ask for little more than your gentle hands petting me. Keep my bowl filled with water. Feed me good food so that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding. By your side, I stand ready, willing and able to share my life with you, for that is what I live for. Iíll never forget how well youíve treated me.

7. Donít hit me. Remember, I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps Iím not getting the right food, Iíve been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting weak.

9. Take care of me when I get old. For you will grow old, too.

10. When I am old, or when I no longer enjoy good health, please do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having fun. Just see to it that my trusting life is taken gently. And be with me on that difficult journey when itís time to say goodbye. Never say, "I just canít bear to watch." Everything is easier for me when you are there. I will leave this earth knowing with my last breath that my fate was always safest in your hands. I love you.



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