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  • While humans are far from discussing the economy with their beloved pets, that doesn't mean

  • they can't have meaningful conversations with them.

  • Every pet parent has dreamed of the day they'd be able to talk to their dog, have them respond

  • back, and all that - but, who's to say you haven't already been communicating with your

  • pouch?

  • Sure, you can't maintain an actual conversion with them like with humans, but in their own

  • canine way they've been communicating with you.

  • And remember, not all communication has to be verbal

  • Today, we're taking a look at ten science-backed ways you can talk to your dog.

  • Let's get started!

  • 10.

  • Dog-Directed Speech Versus Infant-Directed Speech

  • You might have noticed the pitch of your voice changes when talking to different age groups.

  • You wouldn't be talking in a high-pitched voice with your boss, and you wouldn't be

  • assertive when talking to a toddler.

  • The way we subconsciously change the pitch of our voice when talking to different age

  • groups is referred to as infant-directed speech.

  • Scientists have determined that this method of speech is actually quite necessary to be

  • able to form a strong bond with a toddler.

  • Now, scientists have conducted research that shows that talking to a puppy in the same

  • high-pitched way would form a bond with them too.

  • This is known as dog-directed speech.

  • Does dog-directed speech actually work?

  • According to studies that have been conducted, pet parents who spoke to their pets using

  • dog-directed speech were more likely to get a favourable response back from them.

  • The speech works on the principle that dogs will respond, or be willing to, when you speak

  • to them calmly and lovingly.

  • 9.

  • Understanding Your Pet's Vocabulary The cat goes meow, the cow goes moo, but the

  • dog can go rowf, bow-wow, woof, and a lot more!

  • Science has shown that given canines' close relationship with humans, well over eighty

  • thousand years of it, they've developed a more vast vocabulary when communicating with

  • humans.

  • Yes, their language is still foreign to us and their vocabulary is by no means exhaustive.

  • However, scientists are quite hopeful that humans can and will be able to communicate

  • a lot more effortlessly with pets in the upcoming years.

  • You might have noticed that some pet parents are able to communicate with their dogs a

  • lot more easily than others.

  • Why is that so?

  • Because they're able to understand their dog's vocabulary.

  • Not necessarily understand the meaning behind woof, but more likely to grasp the possible

  • meaning of it given the situation.

  • 8.

  • Body Language You can tell a lot about a dog from its body

  • language.

  • In fact, up until recently, that's all we had to communicate with our dogs.

  • For example, you know a dog with its paw raised wants your attention, one sitting on all fours

  • is waiting for you to feed it, and one with all of its teeth out is probably in a bad

  • mood.

  • Communication via body language is not only easy to comprehend, it's also easy to reply

  • with.

  • For example, you can stand tall to be assertive, maintain eye contact for adoration, and of

  • course pet your pouch for a job well done!

  • However, based on how easy it is for pets to understand body language, pet parents have

  • an added responsibility to not be in a bad mood all the time.

  • Your pet will pick up on how often you get angry and will probably hide from you because

  • of all that negativity.

  • Animals are great at picking up signals, or are more likely to be conditioned to circumstances

  • with the repeated signals - in this case, even one you're not necessarily directing

  • towards your pet.

  • 7.

  • Conditioned Behaviour Perhaps one of the first experiments to have

  • ever been conducted to establish communication with pets was the way in which we condition

  • them towards a particular act.

  • This experiment would usually consist of a signal followed by an act.

  • For example, ringing a bell each time you'd fill up their bowl with food.

  • Conditioning your pet towards a particular act might seem easy, but it takes a while

  • before they're able to subconsciously associate the signal with the act.

  • But, once they're able to associate the two, it's all smooth sailing!

  • This isn't limited to conditioning them to eat their meals, it could also be when it's

  • time to go outside, time for bed, and so forth.

  • 6.

  • Picking Up On Signs Your Pet Is Giving So far, we've talked about signs you could

  • give your pet to help them communicate with you.

  • But, what about the signs they're already giving you?

  • Are there any signs?

  • There sure are!

  • Your pet has been giving you signs, and you've picked up on them too.

  • For example, some pets would raise their paws at the television screen to get you to change

  • the channel.

  • This act isn't common behaviour amongst all pets, but it's something some of them do.

  • While you might not have been able to understand it the first time around, you eventually picked

  • up on it.

  • In a way, your pet has been conditioning you!

  • It might be frustrating for you to not be able to communicate effectively with your

  • pet, but it's probably a lot more frustrating for them given how they rely on you for sustenance

  • and cuddles.

  • 5.

  • Eye Contact Is Key They say in order to get anyones attention

  • you need to be able to make eye contact with them.

  • In this case, you need to establish eye contact with your pet every time you're trying to

  • talking to them to get their attention.

  • You can't just yell out a command like sit and not be looking directly at your puppy.

  • While one might argue that pets have learnt their names over time, that doesn't mean their

  • apt enough to learn other words and commands without you directly looking at them.

  • Eye contact is also necessary when you're trying to show your pet adoration.

  • Your pet tends to respond to you when they feel like you're their safe space.

  • Isn't it the same way with humans too?

  • 4.

  • Keep It Short And Simple When you want your pet to give you its paw,

  • you'll say 'paw' while raising your hand out, as opposed to saying 'would you please give

  • me your paw?'

  • Dogs are more likely to respond to you when you keep it short and simple.

  • They won't be able to pick up on long sentences.

  • Instead of trying to hold conversations with your pet, you need to keep it straight to

  • the point.

  • 3.

  • Positive Reinforcement No, you don't need to bribe your pet every

  • time you want them to do something - but it sure helps!

  • Dogs are a lot more likely to pick up on commands where they feel like a reward is attached.

  • For example, if you pet your puppy every time it comes down the stairs when you call out

  • its name, it'll be a lot more eager to come down.

  • 2.

  • Tail Language What do you do when you can't articulate the

  • words you're trying to say?

  • You use signs to represent them instead.

  • Now, what if you're a dog without fingers, and unaware of human signs?

  • You use tail signs instead!

  • Tail language has been well researched and documented.

  • We now know that an erect tail is a greeting, a low tail shows sadness, and a wagging tail

  • means your pet is in a great mood.

  • Again, tail language is sometimes unique to individual dogs.

  • It's your job as a pet parent to pick up on these signs and understand your pet better.

  • 1.

  • The Situation What separates a pet owner from a pet parent?

  • Quite literally, an owner would look at their dog as something they possess, but a parent

  • would look at their dog as if it were an extension of themselves.

  • Pet parents need to be able to read the situation and environment their pet is in and respond

  • to them.

  • Maybe there's a trigger in the environment your pet is in and they're trying to get your

  • attention.

  • Maybe they're happy with something in their surroundings.

  • An effective way to communicate with your puppy is to be able to scan their surroundings

  • and read their body language accordingly.

  • Alright, how do you communicate with your puppy?

  • Let us know in the comments down below.

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  • for more pet-related content.

  • See you in the next one!

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