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Learn To Speak Dog

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by MerlinsMum, May 17, 2010.


  1. MerlinsMum

    MerlinsMum PetForums VIP

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    Excellent YouTube video clearly showing facial expressions of dogs and other body language:

    YouTube - Learn to speak dog!

    May I also recommend Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas - a great little book which is a real eye-opener and can teach you how to communicate with dogs as well.
     
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    ArwenLune PetForums Senior

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    Great video - love that they've used images of so many different kind of dogs. Also shows just how hard to read some dogs are, and how easy others - the German Shep had beautifully visible worried eyebrows, the black Newfie is so much harder to read!
     
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    I love love love DogGone Safe - its also bite prevention week in the US this week (I think, Terry?) - spread that video far and wide :)
     
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    lucysnewmum PetForums Senior

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    sure is bite prevention week this week! the dog mags are full of info on how to stay safe.

    interesting video too Merlinsmum! thanks for that!
    the dog i find hardest to read is a Doberman! they are bred to have a certain stare about them and it sure can be tricky to work out what they are thinking.
     
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    Good link. Maybe we ought to send it to you-know-wh...........no stop it Caroline! <slaps own hand> That's norty! :p



    I used to do 'Prevent-A-Bite talks in schools about 15 years ago with my first collie, Jasper, teaching children how to always ask before touching a dog, how to approach a dog and how to behave if a stray dog menaced them etc. Sadly when the National Curriculum came in, schools no longer had time to fit such things in which was a shame as they were fun to do and I always arranged for a police dog handler to go in a few weeks later with his police dog to 'test' the children on their newfound knowledge! It worked very well from the feedback I had. :) Such a shame things like that aren't done now.
     
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    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    Great little video - some of the differences berween happy and worried are very subtle.
     
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    Zaros Pet Forums, P/resident Evil

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    And a half-moon eye is supposedly a warning of what? :confused: Oscar displays this 'half moon eye' as they call it when he's in a mood for mischief. Am I to understand it then that the phenomenon has two meanings Positive/negative? :confused:
     
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    Don't take any signal on its own in isolation. Always look at everything togther and realise that doggie signalling is very fluid and ambivalent at the best of times.
     
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    Zaros Pet Forums, P/resident Evil

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    If a half moon is supposed to be a warning when am I supposed to be more alarmed;

    At this stage?

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    This stage?

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    Or this stage?

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    :confused1: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    tripod PetForums VIP

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    My dog is jowl-y too so often has half moon whites showing.

    The association with warning and threat behaviour comes from the way dogs guard items, bits of their own body etc. --> chin over the item and oblique threat.
     
  11. MerlinsMum

    MerlinsMum PetForums VIP

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    Not all dogs have white sclera (if that's the right word). I don't know if you can see it on this photo (maybe if you look hard) but this dog does not have a "white of eye" at all, her "white" is brown.

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    here's a close-up:
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