Apparently Chatting To Your Dog Is Healthy
Do you talk to your dog?
Those who own a dog will be familiar with those times when you chat away to your canine companion. You may not admit to others that you like to have conversations with your dog, because, well, it sounds a bit odd. However, it may not be as odd as you may think, in fact, lots of people do it, and it could even be good for you.
A lot of dog owners end up chatting away to their dog without even realising it. They won’t really process the fact that they are talking to an animal that can’t understand most of what they are saying. After a hard day at work, or even when you are feeling happy about something, it’s perfectly reasonable to mumble away to your dog.
Canine behaviour experts say that chatting to your dog is good way of improving your bond, and it can be good for both you and your dog. However, in a survey by the Dog’s Trust, only 1 in 5 owners think that playing and bonding with their dog includes chatting with him.
The Dog’s Trust senior behaviour advisor explains that ‘Intermittently talking with your dog is an important and easy way to strengthen your bond of trust and friendship. It can be done anytime, anywhere, and it’s free.’
Chatting with your dog while you walk them is much better than speaking on your mobile phone. A dog gets one big pleasure every day, where they get some one on one time with you, and that’s their daily walk. Spending that time on your phone is unfair on your dog.
What’s very interesting about the survey the Dog’s Trust did is that more women than men admitted to chatting to their dog (perhaps some men just did not want to admit it, or maybe women are just more inclined to natter to their dog). 81% of female owners said they have a chat with their dog compared to only 65% of male owners.
Chatting to your dog can be quite therapeutic, and it’s interesting when you get a response from your dog when you say certain words, or speak in a different tone. You can tell your dog anything and they won’t judge you, they will just sit there and listen. Check out the article by the Dog’s Trust