Understand without words: How to communicate with your pet?

Have you ever wondered how your dog or cat thinks or feels? Did you try to understand what he was trying to tell you or did you hope that maybe he would actually start talking to you? If the answer is yes, you would probably be very happy to communicate with your pet. Animals, as well as humans, use their bodies and voices in different ways to express themselves. Here are some tips to help you try to understand them and connect with them better.

Facial expressions

Look at them and see how they use their eyes, ears and face. Over time you will understand if they are happy, sick or even angry according to their expressions. For example, an angry dog ​​may narrow his eyes or avoid making eye contact with you when he is nervous and the cat's ears will sometimes tilt back when he is scared.

Tail movements

Look at how they wag their tail. Cats, for example, will move their tails tightly when angry, and dogs that drop their tails slightly usually show that they feel sociable.

Body language

Pay attention to their position. Animals sometimes communicate through position or body movement. For example, if the dog suddenly stands still and stretches his body, he means that he is afraid of something and may be preparing for an attack. A hamster for example will look restless if he feels agitated


Listen to their voices and learn them. Different voices indicate different moods - pleasure or fear. Each animal has its own sounds - for a cat, a dog or even a hamster.


Talk to them. It is not certain that your pet will understand what you are saying but it will be able to notice the tone of your speech and your body language. If you talk to him in a steady and rigid voice, for example, he will understand that you are not happy with his behavior. An authoritative voice will teach him that he should obey your instructions. Speech may also reassure your pet if he feels scared or anxious, so encouraging words will help you in his training

Non-verbal communication

Non-verbal communication is no less important than speech and is used a lot in training. If you want your dog to sit down, for example, add the appropriate hand gesture to the word "sit". But avoid excessive movements that could frighten your pet.

Building trust

Avoid punishing. Verbal or physical punishment may cause the animal to be afraid of you and not necessarily to link the punishment to the unwanted behavior