our boy BuckJust like human babies, dogs have non-verbal ways of getting what they want. While studying canine behavior, researchers recently identified 19 referential gestures. A referential gesture is one that brings the owner’s attention to a specific object or event. Here are some of the signals: Give me food. Play with me. Let me outside. Scratch me! I can certainly relate to this. We have always had animals in our home, they were part of our family. Our dogs were easy to house train and sometimes I think it was actually myself that was trained, one look from them and I knew what they wanted. They let us know just by a certain tilt of their head or look in their eye. Our dogs would go and get their leash , bring us their water or food dish, and our last dog Buck would go get in the bath tub without being told when he came in with snow balls frozen to his paws, he enjoyed a warm foot bath lol.
Sometimes I think ,,,no most times I think we under estimate the intelligence of our canine and feline family members.There are many ways to communicate with out words and our furry friends are probably the best at this!
Our boy Buck lived 17 years, he was a loyal companion and I miss him still. In this photo taken just days before his passing he was in a moment of playing like a puppy, he had found a magazine on the sofa and was chewing and tearing at it just like a puppy, being silly.
Our home was on the lake and this little fella was very water wise. He sat on my lap when we went for our daily canoe trips, when we swam we brought him out to the swim raft in the canoe and he jumped fearlessly time and time again from the swim raft into water well over his head and when tired we put him back in the canoe where he slept and watched us swim. He lived a wonderful free life chasing frogs and squirrels with a family that loved him,,,,,,
Click here to watch the video from the article about dog language if you wish.