If you are a pet owner you probably have plenty of experience trying to get a basic message across to your dog or perhaps if you own a cat you gave up on that hope years ago.
Yet many of us have had that momentary glimpse of understanding; that sense that we could communicate if we just worked at it.
But is animal translation actually possible?
Diana Reiss is a Co-Founder of the Interspecies Internet and Professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College. She joins Jonathan to discuss.
Dr. Lara Dungan & Dr. Shane Bergin also join Jonathan for Newsround.