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Do Your Pets Communicate For Each Other?

Do Your Pets Communicate For Each Other?

My Yellow Labrador, Sanchez, is approaching 11 years of age. On rare occasion, he needs to go outside in the middle of the night to relieve. But, instead of barking or climbing the stairs to my bedroom to alert me, as he might have in his youth, he just stands at the front door. Meanwhile, my younger Black Lab, Gina, comes and finds me to tell me that Sanchez needs to go out. How does she know that Sanchez needs to go out, and how does she know to tell me? Do Sanchez and Gina (pictured in main photo) communicate with each other?

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While there is much research that shows that dogs communicate with each other through their body language, this type of communication seems to be a little bit different. Gina just intuitively knows to seek my help and communicate Sanchez’s needs to me. Have your pets ever communicated for each other? Thanks for sharing your story in a comment below.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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5:09AM PDT on Apr 1, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

8:43AM PST on Jan 3, 2015

Thank you!

11:20AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

Of course, they communicate with each other.

5:34AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

We just got a new kitten. My older cats do not like her at all.
At first they all went around hissing and meowing at her and at the other cats. Maybe that is their way of telling each other to watch out for her because she is different.
It's been a week now, and at least some of the older cats are not hissing at her any longer. They just watch her like a hawk to see what she is doing.
One of my boys comes to me and meows for more hugs now because he doesn't like me feeding and playing with her.

3:52PM PDT on May 10, 2014

When I was adopted by Jake the kitty, his brother Gizmo joined our family, too, and immediately adopted my husband as his person. My furry boys had special calls they only used for one another.

Alas, Gizmo died quite young and quite suddenly due to a heart ailment. We were all distraught, but Jake was hit the hardest. For several weeks, he spent half the night roaming the house calling for Gizzy.

One day, he stopped looking. After that, his entire vocabulary changed. He now uses a completely different set of vocalizations to ask for playtime, demand a snuggle, request a ride up the stairs, and let us know when his box has gotten unpleasant to use or his food bowl is empty.

If you pay attention, you will definitely see your pets communicate with one another and with you.

2:53PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014


3:10AM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

Thank you :)

9:42PM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

8:51PM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

sure why not?

9:44AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

interesting observations

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