I know this is slight OT but maybe not totally.
A lot of us work at home right? Also many of us have dogs (like you Mark in SevenOaks) and because we work at home our dogs are with us all day. I have definitively proven that my Labrador Bella has learned not only to come to me and ask to be let out or walked AFTER I finish a phone call (every time) BUT she actually comes to me as I’m wrapping up the call (??).
In other words, something in how I close out conversations (tone or certain words or phrases) makes her realize that I am ALMOST done talking and she should come to me and ask for my attention at that point. That’s amazing to me !
This is only 1 of my 2 dogs BTW .. her sister Mae, (also a Lab), is oblivious :-)).
There’s no question that our dogs (well the smarter ones) are really in tune with us and that is cool to me…
p.s. Can you guess which one’s the one I’m talking about? Pretty easy isn’t it 🙂