Pets Don’t Need Language To Be Persuasive

In life, our friends and family often talk us into doing things we hadn’t planned on doing.  Whether we are glad we get talked into these things is an entirely different matter.  However, those of us with pets know that you don’t always need language to “talk” someone into doing something.  Pets are masters of looks, nudges and exasperated sighs that perfectly get the message across.  Here’s a classic example from Eko last night.

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After a balmy few days, the temperature dropped in Chicago.  Eko was looking to get toasty so his first move was to sprawl out by the woodpile and look at it longingly 

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Normally, Eko is content to snuggle up with some blankets on the couch, but he quickly shrugged them off.  Eko know my attention was on the TV, so he put his big head right in the way and took turns staring at me and the fireplace

Rhodesian Ridgeback, dog adventure

In a final act of desperation Eko flopped down in front of the fire place and began to paw at it.  He made a pretty convincing case, or maybe he’s just a good actor, but either way I knew exactly what I needed to do

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Basking in the warm light of success 
Rhodesian Ridgeback, dog adventure

Bossing humans around is tough work

Eko didn’t use a single word or even a single sound, but he got just what he wanted!  Anyone else get “talked” into doing things by their pets, or am I just a total sucker?  Probably both.

 

25 thoughts on “Pets Don’t Need Language To Be Persuasive”

  1. Hahaha, Eko is amazing at body language. The paw on the fireplace! I know my parents’ dog Bodie could teach a course on how to get a bedtime petting by positioning yourself on your human’s bed, on the floor, and finally, sitting on them until they acquiesce.

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  2. It is amazing how our dogs learn to manipulate us to do what they want. My husband usually gets suckered into giving out treats every time with a head tilt.

    Cindy

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  3. That is absolutely wonderful…Eko clearly speaks “hoomin” fluently:) So if Gizmo can convince me that it’s late and way past breakfast when it’s only 4 AM does that count?

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    • Gizmo knows that when you wake up it’s time for breakfast, so whenever he wakes you up it must be time for breakfast!

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  4. Eko is one smart and adorable dog! My cat likes to play “chase the string” every night around 10. If I don’t play with him, he starts doing naughty things to get my attention. He knows within about 15 minutes every night when he should be played with… I am well-trained!

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    • That’s great! The more you think about it, the more you start to wonder who trains who in the pet/human relationship.

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