Viewing post #187914 by katie59
|Turid Rugaas work has broken ground that so many people in the world still refuse to occupy. I would encourage everyone to look for these behaviors in dogs they see on the street and to watch their own dog's body behavior in different circumstances.
It is important to point out that dogs, like people, do have their own variances on these basic rules. Some dogs haven't been socialized with other dogs and so they don't know these behaviors - most of them are learned. Other dogs have their own interpretations. Still, other dogs, are oblivious to other dogs' signals and continue to ignore them time and time again. And mostly, our dogs have learned to interpret our signals, which means that they have a whole different repertoire based on our behavior.
If they can learn to be comfortable with our behaviors (such as direct eye contact out of affection and full-on torso embraces), then can't we make a few efforts to reciprocate by learning theirs? Nine times out of ten you can 'lighten up' a dog's mood by emulating a play bow or stretch. Try it some time.
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