Talking to your dog sounds absurd since it seems one-sided. However, you don’t necessarily need a verbal response to enjoy chatting with your best friend. Striking up a conversation while you’re cuddling on the couch or out on a walk has benefits that most people don’t know about.
If you have a good relationship with your pet, then chatting it up will come naturally. Be bold and start up a conversation. Dogs like it when we talk to them. Below are some reasons why chatting with your dog daily is essential.
1. It Is Good For Human Health
Dogs pay attention mostly if you use words they can understand, but the conversation isn’t only about them. People talk as a way to make their problems known. Your dog will not necessarily respond or give you advice to help you maneuver through a problematic situation. Talking it out to an audience that will not judge you is very helpful.
It is a tactic many psychologists and therapists use when assisting people in dealing with and managing conflict resolution. For instance, children feel much at ease reading their stories about a dog more than an adult. Talking to your pouch about your challenges is the best way to vent and help you maintain your mental health.
2. It Improves Your Bond
The bond formed between a person and their dog is a very strong thing. People adopt dogs in the first place because of the potential for a relationship based on mutual love and respect. Some dogs will open their hearts after the first belly rub, but a long-lasting bond will take time and effort. Hearing your voice often will make your dog feel perfectly comfortable. Talk to your dog while doing other things in order to keep them engaged. Telling them how brave and smart they are is a good reason for your dog to pay attention to you.
3. It’s Not All About Spoken Language When Talking To Your Dog
When you are communicating with a friend, it’s not all about stringing words into sentences, but you use tone and body language to make your point heard. It might be a lot of work for a dog to learn vocabulary, but they quickly pick up on emotional cues.
Just by watching your face and listening to the changes of tone when you talk, they can tell what kind of mood you are in. They learn to tell the difference between canine and human body language with time, leading to better communication and understanding.
4. Human Speech Can Be Interesting
There’s a good chance your dog barely pays attention if you rant about how awful people are. Dogs start actively listening to you when they hear a word they know. Otherwise, all that rambling is probably a familiar buzzing sound of background noise. It’s much better to talk to your dog about things they can relate to.
Although they don’t speak the same language, they have learned to recognize dog-related speech and enjoy listening. Engage your dog’s mind by regularly talking to them with words they easily understand.
5. Dogs Learn Through Repetition
Studies show that dogs are expert linguists. They are learning to adapt to living with humans. They don’t understand grammar or sentence structure, but they can easily catch on to vocabulary. Most dogs understand the words “sit” and “stay.”
The key to a dog’s understanding is repetition. They pick on those words you have said over and over again. Your dog knows how to learn best by listening to you. When they start picking on words you say frequently, and that better understanding will lead to improved communication between you and your dog.