I heard a commercial on television that said "We have to be their (dog's) voice because they have no voice." I was INSULTED. I do too have a voice! Mom and I argue a bit on this one as she says "but humans don't always understand, Miss Roo." But mom, that's their problem. If they are speaking for us, they should take the time to understand what we are saying!
My voice is my bark which can signal a variety of things. My voice is always a lot about body language. We dogs "hear" through body language more so than humans do.
Look at my photo here. Look at my tail. What do you think that tail might be saying to you? It's pretty high up and wagging very slowly. I am speaking to you even then. What am I saying? I am telling you that I am confident as I go outside but I am also alert as I check out a new spot. I am going out the door watching for whatever might be out there. That's saying a lot, isn't it? I'm saying even more!
My ears straight up say I'm alert and paying attention. My body language with my head down and weight on my back legs says if there's something bad out there, I don't want to fight with it. I will just run back inside!
So did you hear everything I said? Remember that you are also "talking" to your dog with your body. Be sure you tell your dog what you really want to say.
Stay tuned! We'll have more about body language as it's important that we undertand each other. I have much to say and I want my mom to know what I mean!
~~ Miss Roo