Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,
Our pet dogs and cats communicate with us humans in many ways, including vocally. When your dog growls, is it a play growl or is it aggressive?
Often young children are injured by a pet who was issuing multiple warnings, which were not understood. This sometimes occurs with adults as well, but usually adults can “read” postures and facial expressions that go with the growl and interpret them correctly.
But back to vocal communication. Is your dog growling out of fun or is he really warning you?
In a recent study, pet owners were tested on the ability to interpret sounds coming from dogs. Interestingly, women were found to be somewhat more accurate in their dog translations than men. Experts believe that this is because of women’s greater emotional insight. Hmmm…
In any case, remember to always closely supervise play that includes your dog and your children.
From experience, going with your dog to a doggy training class is very very worthwhile.
And finally, old dogs can in fact learn new tricks, so you need to not limit this to puppies.
See? Something CAN be done about preventing pet illness.
That is all.
Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic