Site Information

 Loading... Please wait...


Puppy Talk

Posted by Briana Graber on

There's a certain voice we all have a tendency to use when a pet is around-dog or cat.  It's that same higher-pitched and coddling voice we use when talking to babies or really almost anything we consider cute.  The reaction is near automatic, as we can observe in many movies, where as soon as a lonely main character acquires a pet, they are swarmed with people cooing for the affection of the animal.  Some of us also carry normal conversations with our pet, or make blithe commentary towards them as if they can understand.  The upside?  This is completely normal.  Almost everyone does it -after all, isn't it nicer to imagine you can explain whys and wherefores to a dog?  No one suffers for the behavior unless this habit is accompanied by a neglect towards human interaction, so nothing needs to be done to adjust it.  But one of the neat things scientists have been looking into is how pets respond to this dog-speak, and how we perceive their reactions.

Dogs are much much better at reading body language than the average bear.  They don't, unfortunately, understand the specifics of why you had an awful day as you explain it to them, but they sense the distress and by our mutual relationship with pets, want to comfort us.  Puppy-voice also serves a purpose when talking to, well, puppies.  Dogs respond to the tones in our voices and when we use that high pitched voice it invites puppies to play.  Adult dogs notice it, but don't find the voice itself (at least disembodied) all that engaging.  So go ahead and continue to talk to younger dogs as you always have, but keep in mind you might want to try something else for the adults to engage them more at their level.

We welcome shoppers looking for the GW Little website. 

Bri's Weekly Top Three 8.18.17

Autumn is just around the corner, and it's my favorite season of the year.  This ruffle dress made me so happy with the fall color scheme, and the orange flower just pops from the top of the skirt where it's nestled in the crinoline.  The perfect pick for a day out in the apple orchard or [...]

Read More »

Your Doggie is Doing Fine

Knowing how to tell if your pet is sick is important, but it's just as important to be able to assure yourself when your dog's doing well.  There are some easy ways to tell that your dog is doing fine.One of the easiest and most familiar ways to check your pet's health is their nose.  A [...]

Read More »

Bri's Weekly Top Three 7.28.17

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned Eye Envy, but their tear stain removal application powder (and really their whole tear stain removal set) is still an admirable product. It’s perfect for dogs with white or light fur and suffer from tear stains. It’s externally applied, so you don’t need to worry about starting your [...]

Read More »

Bri's Weekly Top Three 7.7.17

Microfiber is great.  I have a blanket made of the stuff that's just the most comfortable thing in the world, my bathmat is made of it, and it's ridiculously soft on my feet with the added benefit of making sure I don't drip all over the floor, which would surely lead to a terrible accident. [...]

Read More »

4th of July and Your Pet

Surprising fact: July 5th is the busiest day for animal shelters due to owners trying to reclaim their lost dogs.  Okay, perhaps not so surprising if you're a dog owner.  Particularly if your dog is afraid of thunder or fireworks as so many are.  Dogs don't know it's the 4th of July and that fireworks are [...]

Read More »

No More Hot Dogs

As the weather's heated up with summer well underway, it's important to remember that just because our pets are better suited to the heat than us, they aren't immune from it's effects. The most well-known danger is leaving pets in vehicles on warm sunny days. Short-snout breeds in particular suffer when left in [...]

Read More »

Bri's Weekly Top Three 6.16.17

And first up to bat is an adorable little baseball cap for your pup as they enjoy a sunny day at a ballgame or play fetch with them while keeping the sun out of their eyes.  The striped pattern on the front panel and bill of the hat is a brilliant touch of pattern and [...]

Read More »

Bri's Weekly Top Three 6.9.17

I was a bit surprised to see apricot and kiwi flavored dog treats this week.  It's something expected more of a fruit snacks pack, but after digging into it a bit more there are actually a lot of health benefits that can be had from this coconut based treat.  Coconut alone can "increase energy levels, improve [...]

Read More »

Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

We've all heard of bomb-sniffing dogs, but thankfully that vast majority of us haven't had to give them much thought.  But they're a worthy topic and provide a valuable service.  Those sniffers can have 300 million receptors in their snouts to our 6 million, and have a much larger nasal cavity that allows them to understand [...]

Read More »