An article posted yesterday on parade.com offers five tips for communicating with dogs in a nonverbal way. According to author Michelle C. Hollow, “What works for humans, doesn’t necessarily translate over to dogs,” and that dogs simply put up with our human ways. Many folks might be surprised about what they don’t know, from the very first tip:
1. Don’t pat his head.
This is a threatening gesture to many dogs. Although most family pets have gotten used to it, they don’t find a heavy-handed pat very enjoyable. Try it on yourself and you’ll see why. A scratch behind the ears or on the chest is much more satisfying.
What do you think of the rest of her advice?