Features June 2017 Issue

Listening to Your Dog's Body Signals

While we humans often look at faces to help us understand what another individual is trying to express, when working with dogs, we also have to take into account what they are saying with their bodies. Without seeing these dogs’ faces, you can tell that the dog on the left is very confident and assertive, and the dog on the right is a little frightened.

Listening to Your Dog's Body Signals

Pay attention to your dog’s attempts to communicate and learn how to interpret them; it will strengthen the relationship between you – and improve your training efforts.

The dog training world has become exponentially more aware of the significance of dog body language communication over the past two decades. We know how critically important it is in keeping dogs and people safe, and in building relationships of mutual trust and respect that result in lifelong bonds between canines and their humans. And yet we still see training and behavior professionals as well as regular dog owners who utterly fail to understand what their dogs are desperately trying to say to them.

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