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Do You Point at Your Pets When Speaking?

I have a friend whose stepfather freaked out when I once pointed at their pooch. I was telling the dog to sit, and the pointing came naturally. I never really understood why he didn't want me to point, and honestly it was an instant reflex, but his reaction stuck with me all these years.Now I'm self-conscious about raising my finger – do you do it, too?


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tidesong tidesong 9 years
Umm well it probably looks like pointing, but I often let my cat sniff my finger because he seems to like it.
Txredd Txredd 9 years
No, never.
naughtymonkey01 naughtymonkey01 9 years
ya know i have never ever noticed before. Shoot now I am going to have to start
Jyramiah Jyramiah 9 years
I'm pretty sure I don't. Except for when I'm walking out the door. He likes to run after me so I have to make sure he stays where he's at. Tiny dogs are hard to find in this big world.
VeganDragan VeganDragan 9 years
If I want to have my dog go somewhere, I point where I want him to go. (off the couch, on the sofa, etc)
raeleerobot raeleerobot 9 years
I don't point unless I'm punishing my dog. If I'm asking her to do things or tricks, I use hand gestures. For example, all of my fingers gathered together at the tips and then turned upwards means 'sit', and they work very well.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
Pointing means "be quiet". It's rare I have to use it.
Zivanod Zivanod 9 years
When I was a kid, I heard that pets' depth perception is off so a pointed finger looks like a knife or sharp object so I've never pointed since.
Halloween31 Halloween31 9 years
I sometimes do at my pets but only when they have been naughty. For example my little foxterrier broke into the bedroom where I had left my closet door open and he thought it would be a good idea to try and take all my shoes out of the room into the hallway and chew on them as he has done ever since he was a pup. So at those moments I point my finger at him, but do understand that they can really respond to those kind of actions.
Dollylo Dollylo 9 years
I do it when i want her to sit and when she ignores me! ;) But that's it! ;)
HeidiMD HeidiMD 9 years
We point and use a few other basic hand signals (a hand up, for example). Our dog is hard of hearing, so he doesn't always respond to verbal commands. If you raise your voice too much, however, he gets a little freaked out (since he was abused by his former owners).
sader04 sader04 9 years
I point my finger to (no pun intended) get my point across. When she's behaving badly.
prosecco-in-the-park prosecco-in-the-park 9 years
When she does something bad I usually point at her. Other than that I point at the floor when I want her to lay down.
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
I dont get this at all malano knows that when i point to the floor thats down. when i point to a toy thats go get it. point at him dont know but i dont think he reads it as bad he usally comes up and gives me a kiss :^)
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
I use a lot of silent hand signals, but I guess occasionally I point, but it is usually when they are already in trouble to begin with!
mnp mnp 9 years
I point at Fuji (and his toys so that he'd go get it; or the door so he'll go there) all the time. I'm not sure why your friend's step dad freaked at the gesture. I guess, he just loves the dog so much that it's very much like a person? And, pointing at people is rude?
ohkate ohkate 9 years
when he's especially bad I'll point at him so he gets the point (I see what you did there!) or if he pulls something out of the garbage (usually used tissues and stuff for some reason, he doesn't chew them up, just pulls them out then leaves them on the floor)
Kitty-Geek Kitty-Geek 9 years
oh wait, you did say you didn't understand either. haha sorry
Kitty-Geek Kitty-Geek 9 years
I have to because my cat is deaf. I was just doing it yesterday when I wanted her to follow me outside. I have to point to her, then to the door, and she understands and comes. Or if she's on the counter I have to point at her and then to the floor, and she'll jump down. It "might" not be good if you are disciplining them I guess? You really didn't explain why it's not good to point and I'm curious now.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
I try not to point because my dog uses hand signals, and the pointing finger is really similar to our "rollover" command, so if I point at him he gets confused.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 9 years
I shake my finger at him when he's bad, but when I tell him to sit etc. I don't point.
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
i do it all the time, i donno why it would be bad. I want my dog to be able to read my body language (haha sounds like a bf) without me having to say anything. if i look at him and hold up my finger, he usually knows that means sit because i always do it when i say sit.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I don't think I do... but I do use hand gestures for her to understand. It isn't always verbal commands.
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