Let me set the scene…
You're home alone, perhaps your doing laundry or the dishes, or sorting through an old photo album and your furry friend is, as usual, right by your side. All of a sudden, you realize you're having a full on conversation with your pet!
Has this ever happened to you? Well, it happens to me almost every single day! My animals are my family members and I treat them as such. There's never a time when I'm completely alone, because my critters are always there to keep me company. I'll be jabbering away to my dog or cat as I'm folding the laundry and they'll be tipping their heads or sometimes even "talking" back. I'll ask there opinion on things like, "What do you think I should make for dinner tonight?" or "What time do you think daddy will be home?" It always makes me happy to see how interested they seem to be in what I'm saying.
So is it strange that I speak to my pets as if they understand every word I utter? We'll I suppose that's a matter of opinion. Some folks would probably say I'm absolutely nuts! This makes me laugh. I don't take offense. Sometimes, I think they may be right! At times I've caught myself in these conversations and I've laughed right out loud at the faces staring back at me! But other times, I really have to wonder, just how much of what I'm saying is being understood?
I know different animals have different intelligence levels, just like humans. A dog's vocabulary can range from a handful of understood phrases to hundreds of spoken words! I truly believe that the more you converse with your pets, the smarter they become. Just like a child, dogs & cats learn by repetition. Going over the same things again and again, perhaps along with hand singles or a common result when each phrase is said, will lead to a learned behavior.
So why not have a conversation with them? Their obviously interested in what I'm babbling about, right? Well maybe they're just hoping I'm talking about filling up their food dish or that I might be discussing the next treat I'm planning on handing out. Who knows? But one thing is for sure… they seem to be listening!