Dogs most certainly are an intelligent species. However, they cannot understand human spoken language. If you think about it, people expect an awful lot from their dogs in this respect. Dogs are told they are ‘naughty’, to ‘stop it’, to ‘come in from the garden immediately’ and ‘we will go for a walk in a bit’ etc. etc. Dogs are humanised in this way. This does not mean though, they can understand what is being communicated. Unfortunately, it is common practice to punish a dog when they do not listen to what we tell them verbally.
However, tone of voice can have an enormous influence on how a dog perceives your communication. So, what other “signals” should be looked for when a dog is trying to communicate with a human? Canine body language is something we can only learn to understand by observing dogs as much as possible. The signals they use are often very subtle and easy to miss if you do not know what to look for. Behavioural problems are not a problem for the dog. However, they are unwanted behaviours to humans.
This fascinating Level 2 Award in Canine Health, Welfare and Behaviour Qualification is an entry-level qualification to the subject of dog behaviour.