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What Is Your Small Breed Dog Thinking?

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Read our guide to understanding canine cognition

Dogs hold the distinguished honour of being the oldest domesticated species, sharing their lives with humans for countless millennia.

This deep-rooted companionship has endowed them with an exceptional ability to comprehend and communicate with us in ways that surpass those of any other species. But what goes on in the minds of our beloved canine friends?

While dogs lack the ability to read, write, or speak human

their acute powers of observation enable them to grasp our body language, scents, and tones of voice. Despite their relatively smaller brains compared to ours, dogs possess a level of intelligence that often surprises.

With the right dog training and time invested, virtually any dog can learn to recognise symbols, words, and the corresponding actions.

Similar to us, they process sensations and emotions

Studies have demonstrated that dogs are capable of experiencing emotions such as happiness, optimism, anxiety, fear, and even moments of depression. Small breed dogs undoubtedly comprehend our cues, but do they also try to communicate back?

The answer is a resounding yes.

Dogs convey their thoughts through body language and vocalisations,

offering us a rich tapestry of insight into their mental state.

Once you decipher your dog's needs and desires, understanding their behaviour and interpreting their thoughts becomes a more seamless process.

In crafting a closer connection with our canine companions,

it's crucial to acknowledge their remarkable ability to perceive our signals and express themselves through non-verbal means.

Their capacity to understand us, combined with their own unique language, enriches the profound bond we share with them.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider.

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

BSc (Hons), MSc

Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.



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