Dogs are amazing creatures. They communicate with us in so many different ways.
After a good year of getting to know our new rescue dog Bass, we find he is an excellent communicator. He has his own language. We are learning it, and he is learning ours. It’s subtle.
Its not what visitors see when they think that the damn dog is just jumping up and barking at them.
It’s what Mr furlong and I see from long hours spent together. Bass’s facial expressions change to carry meaning. We recognise several different kinds of stares, of looks, of facial commands to us. He makes sounds we recognise the meaning of, little pleasure grunts, of lip smacking to remind us it’s grub time, of tiny squeaks, of types of barks. Many different kinds of barks.
Dogs can talk if you have time to notice.
Dogs can work too.
The fact that dogs can tell their owner/trainers about illicit drugs, cancer, noxious weeds, death, corpses, track missing people/criminals, lead blind people, anticipate epileptic seizures, collect newspapers, or bring you a beer from the fridge, is admirable.
Cats and horses don’t do that.
Dogs are far more intelligent than we ever give them credit for. They have never allowed themselves to learn how to vacumn the house!