"Our pets don't walk or talk the same way we do, but that doesn't mean they don't understand language. My animal specialty is dogs, but I have also lived with and trained cats, a variety of birds, goats, horses, bunny rabbits and mice. And they all can understand some variation of language.
When you study behavior science, you discover that language is simply signals and cues that influence behavior. The secret to becoming a better animal trainer and shaping animal behavior isn't about showing the dog who's boss. It's about knowing how to speak their language."