Earlier this week we received a course catalog from Lake Mead University in our COAST+RANGE bakery mailbox. Because we believe you can always teach an old dog new tricks, we took a quick look and came across a class that is right up our alley - Canine Linguistics! Canine Linguistics is a 400-level class offered at LMU for students in their accredited veterinary program. We reached out to the school and spoke to Dr. Cadela Cachorro who heads the LMU veterinary program. Dr. Cachorro told us that LMU is the first school in the U.S. to offer a canine linguistics class to its veterinary students.
During the course students learn both verbal (bark) and non-verbal (sniff/scratch) communication skills. By the end of the program the vets-in-training are able to directly communicate with their furry patients which helps speed the diagnosis and treatment of ailments. Dr Cachorro said that the most rewarding part of the class is seeing the students and their canine patients having long conversations after class at the local coffee shop on campus.
Interested in learning how to communicate with your dog? Lake Mead University will begin offering an on-line version of the course starting April 1. If you are interested in signing up you can contact the LMU registrar, April Idiota, at 702-623-1471.