Dog Communication: Are You Listening? (Part 2)

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When you verbally ask someone a question you expect an answer, right? A well-mannered, thought-out response is always appreciated and humans talk with their mouths and voice boxes to respond. This is how we interact, mostly with words to let others know how we feel.

Dogs, on the other hand, communicate in a very different way. Yes they bark and use their vocal cords to cry about something, but the number one way to read how a dog is feeling or what he wants you to know is by looking at his tail.

As your dog wags his tail in happiness, he may also exercise the rest of his body to tell you that you are a welcome sight. He may greet you by jumping, dancing around, and attempting to lick your face.

As one dog trainer, Chris, tells of his German short-haired pointer, named Tiger, your dog can let you know when he is approaching a place which associates with comfort and happiness.

When Chris, who spent many hours out of the house to play golf and hunt, would come home from his long day and driving hours to get home, his wife would comment on how Tiger’s ears would perk up and the dog would show ripples of excitement up and down his back in awaiting Chris’s return.

What is amazing is that these signs of excitement to greet his owner at the door, Tiger would start to become anxious and happy when Chris was still more than an hour away driving home.

In addition to their expression of elation, dogs many times warns their owners of danger. You have probably heard many emotional stories of dogs scratching at the bedroom door to warn the family that the house was on fire. It happens all of the time.

One woman was suffering a heart attack while her dog literally broke through the backyard screen door to get to the husband, barking fiercely in the attempt to get the husband’s attention of what was happening inside the house. It worked – the woman survived.

Dogs also communicate with people by using their head and nose as part of the body actions. My friend’s three-year-old Dachshund nosed a message to him one afternoon. Sandy had learned that the covered candy dish on the coffee table was a good place to satisfy her sweet tooth.

This particular day, my friend was sitting on the couch reading the newspaper, and he wasn’t paying attention to Sandy. She jumped up on the couch and nudged him with her nose. When he looked at her, she gave her head a jerk, pointing her nose straight at the candy dish.

After sensing that he knew what she wanted, she began to jump up and down as if to say, “Please, please, please! Just one little piece!” My friend understood very well what my dog was saying with her nonverbal head and nose language.

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Dog Communication: Are You Listening? (Part 1)

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You’ve just gotten home after a brutal day at work. The headache from your busy schedule would love nothing more than to be relieved by a warm welcome from your family.

So who is the loving one that meets you at the door?

“Sammy” does… your three-year-old mongrel dog.

He’s wagging and wiggling from his head to the tip of his tail. He dances and jumps into your waiting arms, and, if you allow him, he licks you on the face. He’s glad to see you. Your dog has expressed himself in the language that he knows you understand.

Your dog uses body language and a variety of vocal sounds to communicate with his owner. The dog possesses an incredible ability to communicate with his owner: a universal language, telling man of danger, desire, loyalty and love.

Your dog talks to tell you how sad he is when he’s scolded. He shouts loud and clear his distress when a stranger or something unusual approaches, and he talks to you about how happy he is to be near you and share your companionship.


Your dog talks best with his tail. When you accidentally step on your pet or upbraid him, he will tuck his tail between his legs and cower down, showing his submission. By tucking the tail, the dog is hiding his scent and thus hiding himself. This language seems to go back to the ancient wild dog when submissiveness and dominance existed in the pack.

Your pet’s ancestors signaled his subservience to the dominant dog by dropping that tail. Today, the domesticated dog is saying, “I feel terrible about what happened.”

In contrast to the submissive tail movement, there is that happy, excited tail-wagging that states how much your dog wants to please you. The following story is such an example of this need to please:

Max, a Collie, did his doggie best to please his young owner while she was preparing for her wedding. Max had watched Angelica opening her wedding gifts the week before the ceremony. One afternoon, the Collie proceeded to provide a gift for Angelica…

He yanked a brocade pillow from a neighbor’s clothesline and brought it home. After placing the pillow at Angelica’s feet, he wagged his tail in sheer joy that he was pleasing his owner and sharing her prenuptial pleasures.

As you can see from this wonderfully heartwarming example of this Collie’s desire to communicate pleasure, dogs are also much more intelligent than we give them credit for, especially in the communication department.

Here’s to loving… and listening to your dog.


Greg Ray
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Why Prepare Homemade Food for Your Dog

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Today we’re going to discuss “why” you would want to to prepare homemade food for your dog. There a lots of really obvious good reasons why you’d want to make a homemade diet, but the number one reason people consider making a homemade diet for their pets is because you know exactly what is in the food.

Pet Food Quality Regulations

Surprisingly, neither the U.S.D.A. nor the F.D.A. nor the American Association of Food Control Officers controls or dictates what commercial pet food companies put in their pet foods. What that means is that you have to trust these pet food manufacturers to tell you the truth about the ingredients they use to manufacture your pet’s foods. You also have to trust that what they display on the label is actually what they put into the food.

Pet food regulation is up to each state… and individual states don’t enforce the codes equally and even then, they are pretty loosely regulated. They don’t really regulate the quality, absorption, or digestibility of the pet foods.

That is not to say that there aren’t some great, quality pet foods available… but as a whole, many have lost trust in the pet food industry industry.

“Human Grade” Ingredients Only

If the dog food brand that you’re feeding doesn’t state that it is made of ONLY “human grade” ingredients, it probably isn’t. One sign that it consists of “human grade” ingredients is that the food is about three times as expensive as the lower quality foods.

Unfortunately, when you flip over the bag and see crude protein… that can constitute a whole bunch of pieces and parts that can be less than desirable to be feeding your pet.

“Species” Appropriate Dog Food

The next consideration is whether your dog’s diet is “species” appropriate.

As you learn more about it, you’ll find that it’s imperative that you not feed your carnivores carbohydrates, including grains like corn wheat, soy,and rice. Some of the higher carb veggies can be appropriate in certain situations… for example, if you have a really lean dog that is having problems holding or maintaining their weight. You can consider adding some vegetable sources of carbohydrates… but in terms of grains, dogs don’t have a “grain” requirement so it is recommended that you not feed grains to your pets.

It is difficult, especially in many parts of the country, to find good quality “human grade” grain-free foods. These can also be very, very expensive… so that’s another reason why many people turn to feeding homemade diets. Creating your own home made dog food is cheaper than feeding a “human grade” quality canned food.

Another thing to think about is this… dogs were never designed to eat an entirely dehydrated food source. That’s what dry food is… a “kibble” or dry, crunchy food is entirely dehydrated. This causes a lot of organ stressing, including kidney and liver degeneration.

What Are the Best Qualities to Look For?

The best quality foods are biologically appropriate… excellent quality… and species appropriate. This means that it needs to be in the biologically correct form your dogs… meaning it needs to be “moisture rich”. You want the food to be a high-protein, high moisture, low carbohydrate diet… and that can be very difficult to find.

Chemicals and Preservatives

Another great thing about a homemade dog food recipes is that you can avoid chemicals, preservatives, emulsifiers, and “food coloring” that you don’t want to be feeding your pet. Many pet foods… even great quality pet foods, add flavor enhancers and extra “fats” that are quite palatable, but often times, your pets don’t need. So the advantage is by home preparing your pet’s meals, you have complete control over the ingredients that go into your pet foods.

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Ways To Identify How Many Calories Your Dog Demands

Today’s Suggestion:

Ways to Identify Just how Many Calories Your Dog Demands

In addition to supplying the appropriate balance of fats and carbs, you additionally have to take caloric requirements into factor.  Use this chart to examine how many calories your dog needs each day.

The following table provides some calorie calculations for the varying aspects of your dog. These are to be looked at standards only.

Caloric Needs Reflecting Varying Requirements Of The Dog

Dog Calories

I know that this is a lot to keep track of, and how are you supposed to translate that bag or can of dog food into all of these numbers anyway? There’s a much easier answer.

Get your copy of Dog Food Secrets and start feeding healthy meals to your dog the safe means.




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