LOS ANGELES (December 4, 2013) If a dog's bark or tail doesn't convey an understandable message, check the animal's eyes, ears, nose or the tilt of its head for clues, according to a veterinarian who says it's important that humans get the right message if they want to communicate well with their pets.
Dr. Gary Weitzman, the president of the San Diego Humane Society, says his new book "How to Speak Dog" will help people better understand their canine companions.
Jerry Ericksen of Los Angeles, for example, has a 90-pound blind boxer named Buster.
They communicate in a language they made up themselves.
At the dog park, Ericksen calls Buster and keeps clapping so Buster can follow the sound and find him.
If Buster starts to walk into something, Ericksen will yell stop and the dog will change direction.