Dr. Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society and former CEO of the Washington Animal Rescue League, has worked with tens of thousands of stray dogs over the last quarter century and says there is no question that pets and people communicate, but some are getting more out of it than others.
"Dogs want to be with us and they want to do the right thing.
Nothing is ever done by a dog for spite or revenge.
That's a human quality.
Dogs just want to please us," Weitzman
In the exam room, Weitzman
will often get on the floor with a dog to reduce any threats.
Their inherent ability to read facial expressions is a whole lot better than ours," Weitzman
The other dog in the Leifer-Nau house is Oakley, a border collie mix the family rescued 13 years ago this month.
goes to the door and literally talks dog when he
wants out, Leifer-Nau said.
You have to make sure a dog can hear when you talk, Weitzman
Some dogs are born deaf or go deaf with age.
Long ears make hearing more of a chore.
Those dogs also don't have the ability to talk with their ears because they can't prick them, cock them or pin them back.
"Every once in a while, a dog will come along that just seems to `get' you.
You think it even reads your mind," Weitzman