If you have ever owned a dog then you will know that it often feels as if they can understand what you are saying. This is one of the reasons why they are such a popular choice of pet, because owners really feel as if they have a connection with them. They can tell when you are feeling sad and will respond by snuggling up to you. People have been keeping dogs as pets for more than 30,000 years and in this time we like to think we have developed a good relationship with them. However, there is a chance that we don’t understand them as much as we think we do.
There are certain signs that a dog may give when he is feeling happy, such as wagging his tail. Most people are aware of these signs, but this does not mean that all dogs will give these signs. Different dogs will have different ways of expressing their emotions. Some people are better than others at picking up on these differences and so it seems as if they are able to ‘read’ dogs and understand how they are feeling.
Research has suggested that how good people are at reading dogs may be dependent on where they come from. The details of this report are available to view on the Nature website. The study asked different groups of adults and children to look at photographs of humans, chimpanzees and dogs and to guess what emotion the person or animal in the photograph was feeling. The groups of people all had different levels of experience with dogs, some had owned dogs before while others had not. There were also people from cultures that kept dogs as pets and those that did not.
The study found that most of the children could only identify anger and happiness in the dogs, regardless of how much experience they had with dogs. With regards to the adults, it was found that the culture in which they grew up was more related to whether they were able to recognize emotions than the level of experience that they personally had with a dog. The greatest number of people who were able to identify the correct emotion on the photo of the dog came from the group who belonged to a culture that welcomed dogs as pets. This fact seemed to be more significant than whether these people had owned a dog, either now or in the past.
These findings really highlight the cultural differences that exist in different parts of the world. Some countries consider dogs to be unclean animals and so do not keep them as pets. This is not really the case in North America and Western Europe which is where the study found more people were able to read the emotions of the dogs, regardless of whether they were pet owners themselves.
However, even within the dog owners that you know, there are likely to be some people that can connect with dogs in a way that other people can’t. When one of these people meets a dog for the first time, the connection may be there almost instantly. Pets For Homes suggests that there may be several reasons for this. The body language that a person gives off without even realizing it can have a big effect on the connection they have with a dog. A person who is good at reading dogs will be able to sense how the dog is feeling and adapt their body language to ensure that the dog feels comfortable. They can also use the right tone of voice when they speak to the dog. This skill does seem to come more naturally to some people than it does others. For this to be the case, it does suggest that there is more to being able to read dogs than just living in a country where dogs are widely accepted as pets.
In recent years there has been a wider awareness of a skill called ‘dog whispering’. This is where certain people can improve a dogs behavior through using techniques that let them connect with the dog. The most famous of all dog whisperers is probably Cesar Millan who had his own show called The Dog Whisperer that ran for nine seasons. In the show he was seen being able to deal with behavioral problems in dogs when no one else had been able to help.
The premise of the program was that Millan was able to read dogs in a way that others couldn’t, and it was this that made him so good at his job. This certainly seems to fit in with the theory that some people are better at reading dogs than others. However, one of the things that the show did was to get people wondering if they too could learn how to be a dog whisperer. Career Trend suggests that the key to becoming a good dog whisperer is a combination of the two things. It can help to have a natural instinct for how a dog is feeling, but it also something that can be learned over time. If you love working with dogs, then it is possible to make a career out of this as you will have skills that a normal dog trainer may not. However, learning how to read dogs is something that can take a long time and only after you have gained a lot of experience working with different dogs.
You may not want to learn how to read dogs in order to make it into a career, it may just be so that you can better understand your own dog. This is something that you should be able to do, but you need to bear in mind that it might take some time. Reading dogs is not a skill that can be learned overnight, but when you are able to do it you will find that you will be able to read most dogs that you come into contact with.