Alex Grio English 27-K Andre Dominic Peralta The Communication between Humans and their Domestic Dogs The aim of this paper is to understand the communication between domestic dogs and humans, and to understand how dogs were domesticated, how humans perceive a dog’s way of communication, how dogs perceives human communication and its benefits. ‘‘Do humans understand dog communication as well as humans understand them? Or do dogs understand us more? Background on Domestic Dogs At some point in time, there were no domesticated dogs but what was only present at that period were wolves, foxes and coyotes. According to Udell (2008), dogs were the first of the animals to be domesticated and to share a mutual environment with humans.
Animals are living creatures that have feelings just like a human being. Animals are not like us on the physical part, but that doesn’t mean that we have the right to kill, hurt or even experiment with them. If you ever had a pet or knew someone related to you who had a pet, they’d probably always be talking about how kind, sweet, beautiful, and lovely their animals are. Animal are even used to test products such as Shampoos, perfumes and cosmetics. Those products aren’t like the ones we use, they have different types of chemicals and they try them on the animals to see if it will affect us.
In a recent survey by the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute, 74% of pet owners said having a pet improved their mental health. For people who live alone, having a dog is essential, so they do not develop a sense of loneliness or feel unwanted.
In modern society, more and more people keep pets as their family members, they enjoy the happiness brought by their pets and take good care of them, many people believe that pets are the indispensable parts of their lives, but they only notice the positive aspect of keeping pets. Herzog mentions the investigation data that “in a typical year, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs, and two dozen people, mostly children, are killed by them”(Herzog 246). Since many people think dogs are the best companions in their lives, the group of dog-keepers is growing steadily. However, dogs are the main late-night noise resources, and there are also many people afraid of dogs. They disturb people’s normal life and bring fear to the society.
Animal lovers all over the world can attest to how good it feels to interact with their pets. People of all ages, shapes, religions, and disabilities confirm to the stress relieving and mood boosting benefits of having a pet. According to The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation, there is substantial evidence backing the research that the feeling one encompasses when interacting with a pet can be established in a therapeutic method called animal therapy. Utilizing pets as a form of therapy is advancing as a successful coping method of treating a variety of medical conditions and disabilities. Pets are finally putting to use their years of stimulating socialization and bonding skills in an effective therapeutic manner.
If instead of bringing in a pet to a classroom, having a class pet already there will help students calm down. Also, a psychologist who studies the bond shared between humans and their pets, named Anne Mcbride, believes animals do a lot when it comes to reducing loneliness. Mcbride can be quoted saying, “A pet can be a great companion, and age or disability should be no barrier to pet ownership. Owning a new breed or species can be viewed as an adventure, an opportunity to learn about a new type of animal and develop a relationship with a creature never before considered" (Member login. (2010, May 3).
Humans and animals are loyal, friendly, and understanding species which allows them to understand each other. People and animals are like no other, they can share a special bond and learn to love one another other. But, there are reasons why they are so loyal to one and other, why they are friendly to one and other, and why they understand each other. These bonds are often unbreakable. One way people and animals get along is when they show loyalty to each other.
We use animals for many purposes it can be for breeding, recreational activities, therapy or as service animals but one of the main reasons for forming human animal bond is to create companionship. Unfortunately this use may result in abuse or exploitation of animals. The critical issues regarding human animal bond are: • Viewing animals as humans rather than recognizing and understanding the need and normal behaviour of the animal, consequently it leads to: Negligence in the sense that you do not provide adequately the needs of the animal in terms of nutrition which can result in malnutrition or overfeeding your animal which results in obesity of the animal and other health problems. Negligence can also cause contracting of zoonotic diseases if you do not treat and prevent the animal from being sick. Stress to these animals and Worst case scenario death • Close human animal bonds may cause some animals to become overdefensive of their owners e.g.
Are animals as important as human beings? Peter Singer answers this question in his article “Animal Liberation.” Singer supports the idea that animals are as important as human beings. People should stop seeing animals as a means of satisfying human wants and see the animal as equals. Exploitation of animal will stop when humans will accept that it is unnecessary. It is hard to understand why an animal should be used to conduct research which is aimed at finding medicine for the human disease (Singer) .
So in conclusion that is why I believe,animals can teach,keep us alive, and open our hearts because of our bonds. If it weren't for animals where would our society be right now, it has been scientifically proven that animals have been with us since the beginning.We can have the friendship and companion to go through the tough times. We need to appreciate what they do for us and for others. Animals are an important factor to life. O’hana, nobody gets left