When my dog wants something, he usually resorts to the tried and true method of whining and staring at me until I finally figure out just what exactly it is he's trying to communicate to me.
Apart from a few misunderstandings here and there, I'd say this has worked pretty well for my dog, and for just about every dog that's come before him.
But one dog is done with simply making noise and hoping her owner understands what she wants. In fact, she's resorted to straight up talking. Sort of.