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Why Smart Pet Owners Read Books On Animal Communication

By John Kennedy


Television these days loves to push so-called pet whisperers on us. The idea is that, when we do A, then the poor furry little litter-box avoider does B because we were not sensitive to the non-verbal ways it was letting us know that our bathroom rug is the only appropriate place for bodily waste. Now, one should not call charlatan too quickly, but perhaps those whispering experts of the furry kingdom should sit down and read some books on animal communication.

Few of us will ever have one of these esoteric experts into our homes. Even fewer of us will actually believe them when they claim to know that Fido gets depressed when his owner wears that green fedora because of the way it shades his face. But anyone can accept the notion that animals do have emotional states, and they also have consistent methods of expressing their inner reality.

How many people know that when a cat squints at you slowly, they are showing a sign of affection. In fact, this show of affection is done absent of the usual feline display of submission. The usual submissive pose is also a sign of affection, but it is not as intense or personal as the slow, two-eyed squint.

Cat people might also be a little less likely to throw their clawed companion across the room when it reaches out to bite for no apparent reason. These bites almost never result in injury, and are actually intended to express an intimate affinity for their human. This expression of quasi-sexual dominance is often immediately followed up by their usual expression of submission by showing the belly.

Everyone has seen video of dogs who can say hello, thank you, or I love you. Few people are aware that the best friend of man will, at times, attempt to imitate human sounds in an attempt to quarry their favor. You see, there is nothing in this world that a good dog loves more than pleasing the human who heads the pack it belongs to.

There is much one can glean from reading a manuscript that explains in plain language what animals are trying to express with the sounds they make. Humans have distinct non-verbal language that can be as clear as a smile or as unwilling as a tiny shrug expressing indifference. Mother bear certainly has a sound for soothing, and a different sound for warning her cubs when she believes there may be danger about.

Because our pets have sharp teeth and claws, such a book is a great resource to help teach young children how to gauge when their pet is happy or when it is feeling aggressively short-tempered. A toddler who knows what that growl means may back off before their furry friend makes the biggest mistake ever. Even when the bite is a small warning, when the pet breaks the skin everyone goes out of their minds.

Parents can easily make a bed-time game out of the sounds that animals make, and this time it does not have to have anything to do with Old MacDonald and his terrible song. Kids love to mimic creatures in their movements as well as their noises. When we teach our toddlers the meaning of certain growls or whines, we help them to have a pet that will not run away from them until they reach their teens.




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