Communicating with dogs
Name: Michelle Conte
Do you think we'll ever be able to communicate with dogs like we do with
We already communicate pretty well with dogs, in fact, I would
say just as well, if not better than we can with dolphins.
Every time you train your dog to do different things, you're
doing exactly the same thing with your dog as animal trainers
do with a dolphin, you are communicating. In these cases, we
are communicating what we want that animal to do to that animal.
Our only problem is in understanding what the animal is trying
to communicate to us!
Of course, there are some instances when we can understand what
an animal is trying to tell us. If, for instance, you have a dog,
and it whines and scratches at the door, usually, you will
understand that your dog wants to go outside: your dog has
communicated with you!
Both animals, the dog and the dolphin, have been used extensively
by man in search and retrieval; a dog's sense of smell can be used
to find anything from drugs to earthquake victims, while dolphins
use their incredible echolocation abilities to find underwater o
Tom F Ihde
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