The Monks Of New Skete on Understanding Dogs

Excerpt from Dogs & Devotion, by The Monks of New Skete Reading The Dog      “…Dogs are speaking all the time, if we understand speech in broader terms than simply human communication.   To take such “speech” to the levels that are possible, we have to have a disciplined and practised eye, a heart that reads the language inscribed on the dog’s body.  From the errect tail and ears, bristling with attention, to the wagging tail that solicits play, to the piercing eyes that exert dominance:  All have deep significance in the canine lexicon.  One of the most serious responsibilites from our end of the relationship is to be ever mindful of what the dog is saying and alert to a proper response.”  (page 54)

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