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Why Can’t Dog’s Talk Like Humans?

Considering how in tune dogs are with humans, such as the ability to create endorphins such as oxytocin in both human and dogs brains, as a child and mother do. Surprisingly, they can’t talk like us. Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, so why haven’t they learned how to speak yet?

Dogs can’t talk because they lack brain ability. Along with the shape of their mouth, tongue and voice box, these all play a role in not talking even if they had the brain ability. Dogs can, however, understand basic words, similar to a two-year-old.

How do dogs communicate with humans?

Dogs can communicate with us through body gestures, facial expressions and noise. They can growl when angry, bark as an alarm sound like during thunderstorms or while playing tug-of-war games at home! They may have a particular stance telling you they’re feeling scared or defensive; their ears might be tucked back if they feel threatened by something in the environment.

Emotions of a Dog and the Body Languages Displayed

Dogs don’t speak our language, but we can still learn to read their body when they’re trying to tell us something. It’s not always easy, though; some dogs show only the slightest hint of what they want or need, so it takes a little bit more time and patience on your part! The below list will help you.

Emotions Displayed Body Language
Anger Body puffed up, stiff body, staring eyes, ears down and flat if possible, hackles up, barking, growling, barred teeth.
AnticipationSitting, ears up, standing still, eye contact fixed on an area of interest, or a person of interest, inner brow raised.
AnxietyLow to the ground, eyes wide and pupils enlarged, trembling, forehead wrinkled, tail lowered and tucked under or around the body. Unsettled movements, pacing, yawning, panting, avoiding eye contact.
BoredomExcessive licking, pacing, chewing, digging, scratching, whining, barking.
ContentBody relaxed, sleepy, sign combined with half-closed or closed eyes.
CuriousHead tilted, wrinkled forehead, ears up
DepressedTail down, lowered energy, uninterested look, avoiding eye contact, eyes small and squinting, whining.
DisappointmentFully wide eyes combined with a sigh.
ExcitementJumping up, running around, tail wagging, panting, whining, barking.
FearLow to the ground, eye’s wide and pupils enlarged, avoiding eye contact, trembling, drooling, forehead wrinkled, tail lowered and tucked under or around the body, barking, whining.
FrustrationGrowling, barking, and biting out
HappinessRelaxed body, head held high, tail relaxed, tail wagging, bright movement and confident posture.
InterestHead tilted, wrinkled forehead, forward movement, high posture
JealousyExcessive licking, pacing, chewing, digging, scratching, whining, barking, growling, attention-seeking by crowding your space.
JoyJumping up, running around, tail wagging or whole body wagging, relaxed posture, raised head, panting, and barking.
LonelinessTail down, lowered energy, uninterested look, avoiding eye contact, eyes small and squinting, whining.
LoveEye contact, raised eyebrows, wagging tail or whole body wagging, relaxed body, paw tapping and raised head.
Sadness Tail down, lowered energy, uninterested look, eyes small and squinting, whining.
Satisfaction Body relaxed, sign combined with half-closed eyes
ShameTail down, head down, body and bottom down, backing or running away.
SurpriseJumping up, running around, tail wagging or whole body wagging, raised head and barking.
Emotions of a dog and displayed body language table

How can I understand my dog more?

Watch your dog closely and get to know your dog’s personality by spending time with them. The longer you spend with your dog, the easier it will be to get to know them. Learn the above list of body languages displayed in certain emotional states of a dog. Have plenty of patience, and you will soon understand your dogs every need.

Why can parrots talk but not dogs?

A parrot’s brain functions differently from other species, such as a dog, which mimics others with such ease. Their extreme desire to fit in makes them the most clever at adapting and fitting into a flock or household, as well. They do this through their outstanding vocal mimicry skills.

Try This With Your Dog

Only works if your dog knows the sit command: Dogs can’t distinguish the difference between variations of humans words that sound similar, such as sit, set, and sat.

Give them the sit command using either set or sat and see if they sit.

If they dont sit, you must have one clever dog!

But chances are they will sit.

If your dog does sit, this doesn’t mean they aren’t clever. Dogs are different to us humans and have many other qualities, if not better qualities than us humans, such as loyalty and non-judgement


Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years. You would think they knew how to talk by now, but instead, it’s all down to brainpower to enable them to speak. When humans grow up, they need to be taught: a human brain requires the ability and stability that can only come with age- this is what enables us to learn language skills such as speaking or understanding words because our brains are stronger than dogs.

The importance of being consistent with speech during training

When training a dog using your voice, it’s best to be as consistent as you can. This way, your dog can have a better chance to pick up on the words you speak when an action or non-action is needed on their behalf.

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