Bark – Dog talk

Lots of owners, in whom feeling outweighs the ability to observe, he says: “My dog ​​is so smart, that he is only speechless, so that he can talk to me ". This is a typical example of anthropomorphization and results from ignorance of the animal's psyche. Speech is the ability to transmit messages - no matter by what means. No animal is capable of communicating a message. Animal communication is the expression of the state, in which they are located, or by behavior, or by making noises, and these in turn stimulate other animals of the same or even a different species. Dog barking, whining, yelling, remove, growling etc., it only gives an expression of the state, in which he is at the moment, but always does so automatically, and not for the purpose of transmitting a message. Under no circumstances may an animal express its mental state in the past or future tense. The dog cannot, for example,. to express "I was hungry” or "I'll be hungry”. If we really want to translate dog's speech into human language, we have to get used to using only the present tense.

And so, for example. frequent waiting, seemingly pointless, in rural mongrels "communicating” from homestead to homestead is sometimes an expression of loneliness, and sometimes just a manifestation of the joy of life and could be expressed in one word "I am” or "I'm here”. The neighbor responds similarly. The arrival of a stranger triggers a feeling of insecurity in the dog, sometimes bordering on the will to aggression, and sometimes on the verge of fear. Such barking could translate to "I'm angry”, “Irritated”, “I'm in the process of joining the attack” or "I'm concerned”. This response triggers a psychological resonance in the pack companions - it causes them to experience a similar mood, that by succumbing to instincts, packs join aggression against strangers. In rarer cases, when the ringleader is overwhelmingly influenced by fear of a dangerous opponent - the companions of the pack are also affected by fear and triggered the reflex to run away. Sometimes this phenomenon can become complicated, when some of the dogs - the dominant combat instinct - fall into a fighting mood - then they are "dangerous” barking will act as a stimulus to inhibit instinctive escape, triggering and in the more naturally cowardly individuals an attack reflex, consequently, they will join the attackers.

Joyful barking to greet the gentleman is an expression of satisfaction with the contact with the guide. Likewise, the dog whines through physical pain, and howling - a state of dissatisfaction with loneliness, which for a dog as a pack animal is always an unpleasant feeling.

However, one should remember, that the animal feels only the present. The concept of yesterday and tomorrow does not exist for him. The past and the future exist for him only in so far, as long as they are associated with something, like for example. putting on the collar announces the walk that is to follow.

You cannot pass messages to the dog in any way, that e.g.. the day after tomorrow we will go hunting; neither can the dog form a thought, that e.g.. “I was hungry yesterday”.

Dog's voices are therefore a symptom of the mental state in which he is at the moment, like a happy tail wagging, it is a sign of contentment. The stiffly raised tail is an expression of irritation and readiness to fight, while lowered and pressed between the legs - evidence of depression, which may be the result of an illness, weakness, fear and then it is an announcement, that the reflex to run away is definitely superior to the reflex to fight. Again, it should be recalled, that the dog learns to recognize individual words as stimuli in contact with humans. However, he never understands sentences as a set of certain abstract concepts.