THE LANGUAGE OF DOGS
When a dog rubs up against us, it’s not looking for cuddles. It wants to mix our odours to confirm the unity of the group.
When a dog approaches its nose to another dog’s, it’s not to give it kisses. It’s to analyse the substances emitted by the glands present in that region.
When a dog urinates, it’s not showing contempt. It’s leaving very clear messages that can only be interpreted by those able to identify and analyse the substances emitted in that gesture. If the jet lands on someone, that strongly confirms their alliance with that person.
When a dog wags its tail, it’s not necessarily happy. It wants to spread chemical information about its identity.
When a dog jumps up at someone, it’s not having a party. It’s telling you to stop, and there may be several different reasons why.
When a dog bows down in front of someone, it’s not inviting them to play but to move.
When a dog rolls on the ground, usually it’s not playing, but is marking, leaving important chemical information in that place, released by the glands present on the nape, the back and at the base of the tail.
This doesn’t make these animals any less fascinating creatures; quite the opposite.
This tells us that they are profoundly different from us or, rather, different from what we humans have become but very similar to how we humans were at the time when the alliance was born between the two species.
This tells us that they are not cuddly eternal babies with only play and food on their minds. Instead, they are intelligent adults able to evaluate things, to reason, to decide and to express themselves.
And those who have ended up in our houses will be all the more adult and mature if we put them in the conditions to be so.
Otherwise, theirs will just be a wasted intelligence.
Posted by Veronica Papa in a comment on facebook on 30 March 2018 at 11:01 CET