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We've all said it at least once in our lives - "If my dog could only talk! The tales he'd tell!" I've said it many times myself. But the funny thing is your dog has been talking to you all along. You just didn't realize it.

Dogs talk with their behavioral actions. Their eye movement, body gesturing, ear positions, tail wagging -- all has meaning and are indicative of canine attitudes. Once you tune into your dog's attitudes you'll realize what he's talking about and what he needs.

Check out this scenario: You're sitting in your computer room typing on the internet. There's an odd noise and you look over in time to see little Daisy licking the door or nibbling the couch. What do you think she's saying to you? She's saying, " I need vitamins and minerals." She recognized the door (wood) and the couch fabric (cotton or other material) as plants - food products. Daisy knows what she needs and this is her attempt to acquire it.

We all know the obvious outward signs our dogs give us: snarling (Watch out!), whining (Pay attention to me!) and tail tucked under the body (Uh oh, I'm in trouble). But there are also many more subtle signs to watch for.

Most dogs are careful with their toys. You'll find their toys are well-chewed but usually without gaping holes. Dogs chewing holes through their toys or chewing up your possessions are working out undefined anger. Try to find the source of that anger and you'll have a much happier dog.

If you notice your dog leaning gently against another or leaning against you, that's a sign of caring or deferring to the other animal or yourself. Listen closely to his actions speaking, "I love and trust you. You are my friend." He's having a tender hearted moment. Show him you care. This is great bonding time. Don't miss out on it.

Over at the dog's dish, you may find him standing at his bowl, scooting food around with his mouth and nose. At first you think he's looking for something but the behavior continues. Some food may fall out of the bowl or he may be taking it out with his mouth. He's saying, "I'm bored. Give me something else to do!" Boredom can arise because of the food if he's having the same meals day after day.

I'd be bored too but, on the other hand, it may not be the food. He may need a higher level of activity. To make sure you solve the problem, change his food to something else for awhile and give him some exercise. He may just need to play a bit and exercise his muscles.

You might notice your dog walking slower than usual. He sighs and flops down. He rests his head either on the floor or on his paws. He looks at you from this position. "I'm depressed," he moans. Here's another instance of your pet needing activity. Make exercise a regular part of your dog's daily life and you'll both be happier. Exercise is a great mood elevator for both of you.

The weather outside changes drastically. There's a loud clap of thunder. "I'm afraid!" He looks frozen in place, ears straight up and he's trembling slightly. His tail is tucked down towards his back legs.

Rover is staring trance-like out the front window and growling fiercely. You look and it's obvious that no one's there. You wonder what the heck is wrong with this darn dog. What he's doing is remembering a time when there was someone or something there. If you or I had an experience like that we'd call it 'zoning out' or daydreaming.

Listen to your dog. He's talking to you and the ball is now in your corner to hear what he has to say. You'll find your relationship will be enriched for the effort.