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February 05, 2018

Welcome again to the SafetyPUP Weekly Walk, where we wind our way through wisdom and whimsy in an effort to help you and your dog stay safe, comfortable, and informed in whatever you choose to do. 

And now, the news:  

What is My Dog Trying to Tell Me? Have you ever felt like your furry friend is desperately trying to communicate something to you? Chances are, you’re right! Dogs are social animals just like humans, and once you learn to pick up the signals they’re sending you’ll understand that much of doggie behavior is intended to tell you things. This article from describes some of the most common ways our dogs try to talk to us.  

Do Dogs Prefer to Talk to Humans or Other Dogs? While your pooch’s parlaying preferences are dependent on a number of factors, scientists at the University of Portsmouth have discovered that canines tend to be more expressive when humans are around. Specifically, when people are present, dogs tend to display a broader range of facial expressions than they do with other dogs, and these expressions are very likely attempts at communication. Check out the article on Science Daily!   Why do Dogs Bark? There’s been a tremendous amount of research done into why, when, and how dogs bark, and while there are still a number of questions left to be answered, efforts to understand and interpret canine vocalization has made significant progress over the last few years. This excerpt is from a recent publication entitled “The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think,” and is provided by Scientific American. Check it out to find out about some of these exciting discoveries!   Thanks for tuning in, see you next week!