I speak Dog. It’s not always easy for humans to understand what I mean. But all you have to do is watch me and listen.
If I drop a ball on your foot, it means I want you to throw it. Simple.
It gets harder if I stare out the window and whine. It could mean anything.
- I want to go outside.
- I want you to go outside with me.
- I see another dog outside.
- I see a cat.
- I wish I had a doggy door.
My mother understands Dog pretty well. At least she understands me.
She knows what I mean when I stare at my food bowl, then stare at her, then back at my bowl again. Easy – it’s time for dinner.
If she says Not Yet or Be Quiet, it means I have to wait. So I might add some barking.
If that still doesn’t work, I’ll add my sad dog eyes and stare right at her. I’m hard to ignore.
Finally, I get dinner. There’s nothing more to say.