I have a dog... and yes, I speak to my dog like he understands everything that I am saying to him.  He will occasionally tip his head to the side like he is either questioning what I'm saying to him, or he is nodding in agreement.  Either way, I'll take it as he's understanding me.

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I would feel sort of ridiculous if someone was witnessing this behavior; although it pretty much happens on the daily.  But now I read this article... I like it.  Of course.

Apparently talking to your dog — or cat, or plants, or pretty much anything that isn’t a person — is a sign of intelligence. It’s called anthromorphizing, which is the attribution of human traits to a non-human entity.

I'm not sure that statement is totally accurate, but I'll take it.  Even if it's really just to make myself feel less nuts for having full on one sided conversations on the daily with my dog.

Even though talking to your dog — or anything that isn’t a human — might mean you’re actually smart, I still don’t recommend doing it in public. No one is going to look at you like you’re a genius if you’re conversing with a tree about your favorite type of taco. They’ll just tell their children not to stare and pick up the pace.

So- now we can all feel better about having full-on conversations with our pets.  Just don't do it in public.