Dogs seem to relate information through tonality as well. If you say something nasty in a sweet sounding tone your dog has the potential to feel as though you are treating them kindly. This is probably not a trick that you want to play on your pet too often but it shows how much of an effect you can have by using tonality when praising your favourite family member.
Whilst cats don’t necessarily treat humans differently to other cats, dogs differentiate themselves from humans and communicate with each other using a range of verbal and non-verbal methods that they don’t necessarily use when communicating with their human friends. Dr. Beymer finds that body language, behavior and pheromone information are more powerful methods of communication between dogs than actual verbal cues. It also seems that behaviour is also context specific. So barking at you playfully when you are dancing their favourite toy around is completely different to barking nervously at another dog in the park. Knowing how your dog communicates can assist you in knowing how to respond to their needs more effectively. Unfortunately, we aren’t quite equipped to communicate with our dogs with the level of depth that dogs communicate with one another. A dog’s anal sac creates pheromones depending on the animal’s particular state. Human noses thankfully don’t have the range to be able to be used as a tool for talking to our dogs.