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What Makes The Dog - Human Bond so Powerful?

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Dogs follow their hearts, noses, and eyes. “They can be victims of their unrelenting curiosity, boundless love, and that is why we love them, why we identify with them, and why they are us” (Irvine, & Bekoff, (2004). Throughout history, humans have formed close attachments to them. The dog is a remarkable animal. Communicating is very important when it comes to the relationship between an animal and its owner. This paper will address three kinds of communication between animals and their owners: the spoken communication, body language and sensory cues.

Verbal communication is a signal for action commands to direct with authority; give an order. “Many owners believe the reason their animals will not respond to command is that they are ignoring the word”, states Kim Kilmer. I happen to differ. Dogs do communicate with their owner verbally by dog whispering. Some examples of the commands I will be speaking about, are sitting, staying, rollover and baby talk to animals. All animal lovers do it.

When people do not speak to their pets, they are speaking without knowing it; their pet is studying their mood and body movement. Unlike humans who have average 30,000 words vocabulary, their pet vocabulary is much smaller. Therefore, the best outcome is keeping your command to a minimum of 10-20 words” (e.g. sit and lay down)

Studies have shown the relationship between an owner and their pets are similar to a parent and child. Humans speak to their pets in a form of baby talk language, words such as “cooochie cooochie coo” and what a “good doggie”. In my own personal relationship with my late, French poodle “Peair”, as soon as his big brown eyes made contact with mine, my heart would melt. From the beginning, our hearts s...

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