The dog represents man’s greatest win against the animal realm. Nonetheless, dogs must be judged as dogs.

We must avoid the usual mistake of imposing human norms and views. In order for the dog to continue adjusting to our culture, his capabilities must be improved.

Thus, the necessity of teaching the dog emerges, in order to minimize the disparities originating from the polar ends of ten thousand years of human advancement, and the dog, by wild nature at the opposite end of the ten thousand, is brought into a routine of obedience to his human master.

It is not unreasonable to think that animals of the same species interact with one another. However, as far as we know, a horse cannot converse with an elephant.

The closest thing to intelligent communication between two distinct species is that between man and dog. The human species has evolved mostly via the ability to grasp ideas and then transmit them to other people, who in turn understand them as thoroughly as the giver.

This has primarily been accomplished through the use of words, whether spoken or written.

The dog communicates via the eye, tongue, voice, body bearing, and tail movements. Except for a woman’s smile, nothing in the world is more expressive than a dog’s tail. The dog is the only animal that communicates on both ends.

The dog’s voice displays a variety of inflections. The master can detect whether his dog’s bark or whine is one of joy or agony, begging or fighting, fear or play, warning or pure delight in barking.

No other animal has as many vocal expression variations, inflections, or tones as the dog, and no other species craves to converse as much as the dog.

If the dog’s owner is paying attention, he may categorize his dog’s barking into 10 categories:

  • I. The thrill of pursuing a cat, rat, or game
  • 2. Uncertain warning bark
  • 3. A full and definite warning bark
  • 4. lonely; begs for companionship or to be allowed out 5. play and its joy
  • 6. Impatient or half-hysterical
  • 7. Danger needs the master’s attention
  • 8. Fear
  • 9. In the middle of a fight
  • 10. Pain

When Words Fail

The inadequacy of everything else as a substitute for words, especially spoken words, and the height of the barrier between animals and humans are effectively shown when it is attempted to express to a dog’s thinking that the normal routine is being modified.

The opening of the door to the closet that housed our luggage was a warning of impending doom for our Labrador.

He knew it meant a trip to the veterinary facility, where he would be held in a cage for anything from two days to four weeks, never seeing or hearing the only two people he thought were worth knowing our wife first, ourselves second.

He put on a mournful face; he put on his best behaviour; he regularly held liaison between us; he tried to give us the idea, casually of course, that either we weren’t really moving away or, a hopeless hope that sprung perennial inside him, that he was going with us.

The trip to the boarding cage went as normal, with us abandoning him. Only after he was in the cage did he accept the predicament, but he did it fully.

But on those few occasions when luggage were brought forth and packed and Paul was to accompany us, we were at a loss to express to him that his acting was superfluous, his concern unneeded; that he did not need to run back and forth indicating that he was ready to go and that we should hurry up.

It was a waste of time to notify him that he was coming with us. The concept could not be conveyed by the motion. We simply confused him by gesticulating and playing charades.

Here was a stark reminder of how basic the necessity for words as codes of thought is, how stupid, animal-like we would be without language, and how beautifully well the dog has been able to live with us despite the fact that he cannot talk and we cannot convey a syllogism to him.

The dog is a very sociable animal; he prefers to be with his own kind as well as with his master and his master’s family. This intense desire has aided in the development of his capacity to articulate his thots.

Except in cases of pain and, on rare occasions, fear, only a small fraction of animal life is capable of making noises.

The talking animals are monkeys, birds, elephants, and members of the Canidae family, which includes wolves, foxes, jackals, and dogs. Birds, without the ability to travel on land, are compelled to communicate with their species by sound.

It should be emphasised that gregarious animals, those who live in groups, packs, and colonies, have developed the larynx as a method of communication, not of shades of thot, as humans do with words, but A man and his dog may be together silently and nevertheless converse with each other.

Furthermore, the knowing dog owner communicates frequently with and to his dog, using both silent and inhuman language.

Mostly of general circumstances such as dread, being on the alert, danger at hand, prey insight, aid required, loneliness, and, above all, the expression of “feeling fine,” of being blissfully pleased, of enthusiastic animal spirits in a fun mood.

The dog has evolved his throat sounds, which humans call barking (and their relatives whining and whimpering), to a more diverse level than any other animal.

Inflections in pitch, tone, and loudness allow him to communicate shades of meaning rather than just the harsh notions of fear, agony, joy, and so on.

The dog has all of the physical prerequisites, such as a larynx, vocal chord, and tongue, but it lacks the ability to modulate sounds into words.

These vocal changes are not conceivable without a vocal center in the brain. Furthermore, the dog need a sound code, an alphabet that he and his owner can both recognise.

This improvement must be attributed to his intimate contact with an acquired trait of emulating humans. His strong desire to please (the source of which we do not know) made him impetuous, loyal, and wholehearted.

As a companion of man in the chase, at a time when the hunter had to rely mostly on his own speed, skill, and strength rather than bow and arrow and later, the gun, high powered and carrying a missile a distance of up to a mile, he took on all the eagerness of the chase, and urged on by his human master with cries, shouts, and urgings, he responded to the human sounds with increased sound

Other members of the Canidae family, such as wild dogs, wolves, foxes, and jackals, howl and whine rather than bark like the domesticated dog (the basenji of Africa is an exception which proves the rule).

Furthermore, this acquired skill may be lost with each generation, since the dog reared apart from other dogs from puppyhood may fail to bark or bark in an ineffective manner.

It should be noted that the dog, of all animals, learnt to accompany man in the hunt because the dog had the speed of movement, could flee in safety if the human attempted to hurt him, and, most importantly, the dog was of a size more easily controlled and guarded against by man.

If an elephant had displayed the same aspirations, he would not have been welcomed as a hunter’s assistance since, if he turned violent, he could not have been fended off by the human hunter.

The capacity to transmit thots is critical for the dog’s mental growth. Long ago, the human species was unable to convey thoughts through speech, and if that had remained the case, the human race would still be like the dog in mind today.

However, man’s noises and throat sounds were classified into an alphabet and then systematised into words, and so language was born.

We have been roundly chastised for concluding that, in the real meaning of the word, dogs do not reason; they think to a limited extent, but this is barely more than an able association of concepts based mostly on a sharp memory.

The human newborn is a good analogy. To a large extent, the first few years reflect the entire years of the dog’s mental activities and reactions. The learning of speech is the fork in the road, from which the human pulls away and onward, leaving the dog and all other animals at the junction.

If the dog could learn the alphabet and the next step words, that is, ideas, as well as the ability to communicate these same letters, words, and ideas to others, he would most likely be smarter than the human because he has a more favourable background in his native resourcefulness, fresher mind, better memory, and quicker reactions.

The human newborn does not speak of its own accord. It must be trained to express itself verbally. Without this instruction, it would develop into a rambling creature resembling the chattering monkey.

Dogs may be able to develop speech over time. The best dogs might be educated; their puppies raised with them could learn a lot by imitation; progressive inflections could be created, and after many generations, the dog may be able to talk with human speech. And, like with humans, the ability to reason would accompany the ability to communicate.

How Many Words Can A Lazy House Dog Know?

The ordinary home dog is not trained and is primarily pushed about by signs and shouts. The dog owner does not teach dozens of new commands.

We believe that the ordinary home dog understands no more than the following commands: go, come, no, getaway, lie down, and get out of here.

The subject of dog training thus begins and ends with the basic concept that, although a person is educated almost completely through speech, dog training must be done through an appeal to the dog’s thinking via his physical senses, namely hearing and vision.

The entire pedagogy, that is, the concept of teaching method in relation with dogs, must be built on this real restriction.

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