In the last month or so Eli has really begun to "verbalize". I work from home and he's usually close by. He's begun to come over to me and scratch at the chair leg, gently nip my pant legs, or softly whine while looking at me. Sometimes I think it means he needs to potty, at night it might mean he needs a drink (I pick up his water around 8 PM to avoid overnight potty accidents), sometimes it seems he wants a snack. Sometimes I can't figure it out and we're both frustrated! It's like when my babies were small and couldn't speak yet, although I had a much easier time understanding what they wanted!!! Does your Hav demonstrate this behavior? If so, what does it normally mean? I really need help decoding his signs as I feel like I'm failing him when I don't understand what he wants. Thanks all!
We went through a LONG period like this, before his signals became clearer. And as JeanMarie said, it can just be for attention. (which you don't really want to encourage, since it is still "demand" behavior, whether it's barking or not) Over time, Kodi has gotten clearer with his signals. His water dish has a reservoir, and is always down, so that's not an issue now. But before we got this waterer, he would occasionally run out, and I'd hear him batting his dish around in the kitchen when he needed water. When he needs to go out, he stands kind of half way between me and the door and gives a little yip. If I don't get the message, he'll bark louder.
If he wants to play, he'll start bringing me toys and pile them at my feet. If I'm at a point that I can break off and play, I will, if not, he keeps piling!
Oh, and I forgot another one... when he wants to go to bed, he'll come and flop down beside me, so hard that you can hear his elbows hit the floor. He gives this little wheezy whine of protest, like he's going to expire, at the same time!