Why can't dogs talk? WoOf WOof!!

I have four dogs who I love to death! Three boston terriers and 1 maltese mix. I play and cuddle with them but I always have wondered why do dogs not talk, even though I talk to them probably more then I should have!

The answer is...No and Yes, Dogs do not have a voice box thus preventing to them to not talk unfortunately. Dogs have pretty much all the main organs and body parts that humans have but not a voice box or larynx.

However, the barking and growling and whimpering that dogs signal are other forms of language or body language. When a dog barks at the door, cries for a companion or growls as in anger, us humans pick up on it thus reacting to it by any means necessary.

It is unfortunate that dogs cannot talk however but we will always know what our dog is saying or feeling one way or another. For example, my dog Max who is always playful one day was just not being himself. He acted like this for two days and I knew something was wrong. We brought him to the vet and he needed surgery right away because the x-ray indicated that he had a blockage in his stomach. So instead of saying "Brandon, take me to the vet, im not feeling good" he told me indirectly through his behavior and facial expressions. Luckily Max is fine now, back to normal and one of the best dogs in the entire world but the whole talking thing fascinated me!!!

Me and Max back in '06 n550871333_884202_4033.jpg

Hilarious Dog Talking Video Check it out!!


I have three dogs that I also love to death and I always wanted to teach them how to talk. People always teach their dogs those tricks where they tell them to speak and the dogs bark out some nonsense that everyone believe may have actually been a sentence. This is what I wanted to do with my dogs, I wanted them to pretend to speak and fool everyone into thinking they actually could. However, we all know that dogs can't actually communicate with humans or else they would probably run our live by telling us when to walk them, feed them, play with them etc. You made a good point with how dogs do communicate though. They all do have their own distinct personalities so we are aware of when something is wrong because they are simply not acting like themselves. I have an english mastiff that weighs 193 pounds but when he was a puppy he hurt his leg and did not want to walk on it so he would lay around the house, which was very unlike him. We took him to the vet and they said he had torn his ACL and had to have surgery and now he runs on his leg all of the time. Another way dogs communicate it through barking. This Article has some good reasons for why dogs bark and what each bark means. I notice differences in my dogs' barks when they are playing versus when they are barking at someone at the door. I think even though dogs can not communicate with us through speech, they do a pretty good job of finding other ways to tell us what they want just through their actions and the vocal abilities they do have.

I wish that dogs could talk as well. My dog Cali was a 3 year old beagle and passed away last fall out of the blue. We had no idea that something was wrong with her until she completely stopped eating her food, was lounging around all the time when she's usually active, and wouldn't even jump around the table when we were eating steak. At this point it was too late to fix anything when we took her to the vet. She had some form of infection in her blood. To this day, the vets and I both have no idea how she developed this infection or how we could have prevented it!

Here's an article that come up with some signs of how to tell if your dog is sick or struggling with a pain. I'm glad you detected that your dog was sick before it was too late! Link to WebMD

One thing I have always noticed with my dog is his responsiveness to the pitch of voices. When told to sit in a deep voice, he responds immediately. Accept, if I command him in a high pitched, playful voice, his responses aren't as obedient. Amazingly, I have started to notice that this trend isn't only when he is listening, but also communicating. In playful situations my dog's bark seems to be much more high pitched than, say, in situations when he is upset there is no water. Overlooking body language of the tail and face, I find this ability to communicate through pitch absolutely astonishing. Obviously dogs aren't intellectuals, but they do amaze me with their smarts!

I find it interesting that although dogs cannot speak, they find other ways to communicate, such as barking, growling, etc. Many times, owners believe that they understand their dog and their dog can understand them.

This idea somewhat reminds me of infants. Although they cannot speak, they find alternative ways of communicating, such as crying. According to kidshealth.org, crying is a baby's primary means of communication for the first few months of their life. Babies may not only cry to let their parents know that they need something, but they also might cry when/if they are overwhelmed by different sights and sounds. Also, like dogs can recognize the voice/ tone of their owners, babies have the ability to recognize the voice of their mothers. According to ABC News, even before we were born, we knew our mother's voice and could distinguish it from other voices.


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