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Calming Signals In DogsThis is something I have wanted to write about for a while. When I first discovered calmingsignals ...
Calming Signals DiagramI have borrowed this image from this blog, as it depicts quite well the certain body language thatd...
Submissive BehaviourThese are much easier to see, laying on their back, maybe the ears back, cowering. These arepretty tel...
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Calming signals in dogs reading your dogs body language

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Calming signals are signs your dog give off to you when they are feeling stressed or not handling a situation well. Dogs communicate like this all the time to each other, but us humans can't read them and don't recognise them. Understand what your dog is telling you by the way they use their body language.

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Calming signals in dogs reading your dogs body language

  1. 1. Calming Signals In DogsThis is something I have wanted to write about for a while. When I first discovered calmingsignals all those years ago, I was blown away. I had misinterpreted what my dogs had beentelling me and now, I teach people what their dog is trying to tell them simply by looking at thebehaviour their dog is exhibiting.What Are Calming SignalsIn a nutshell, they are things a dog does that tells us it is feeling stressed. Dogs have beenexhibiting this behaviour naturally since they evolved. This is how they communicate with eachother. A lot of how dogs communicate is non-verbal so body language plays a huge role in dogstelling each other how they are feeling.The problem exists once we humans come into the picture. We have been misinterpreting a lotof dog behaviour as stubbornness ignorance, laziness (all human characteristics by the way,dogs wouldn’t have a clue what any of that means) when in essence, our dogs have been tellingus…“Hey Dude….Chill Out….I’m Feeling A Little Stressed Here….” or “Hey, All GoodHere…I’m Not Going To Pull You On”Turid RugaasThe mother of calming signals is one of the leading canine behaviourists in the world. 25 yearsexperience gives her a lot of credibility but she is amazing at identifying and interpreting dogbody language. She identified that the large variety of body signals that dogs exhibited usingtheir body, ears, talk, face sounds movement and expression signalled to other dogs of theirintentions and their reactions to the situation at hand. Dogs have a huge variety of non-verbalcommunicators, but none more important than the calming signals. These signals are used tomaintain a healthy social hierarchy in a pack and used as conflict resolution.Often when dog’s greet each other, there is a display of non-verbal communication going on thatis telling each other how they are feeling about the situation. Dogs are always giving out thesecues to us as well and if we can identify them, we can understand more readily how our dog isfeeling.
  2. 2. Calming Signals DiagramI have borrowed this image from this blog, as it depicts quite well the certain body language thatdogs exhibit when are using calming signals.I have seen many people, and I admit, I have misinterpreted some dogs language and thoughtthey were ignoring me or just mucking around, but if you see certain behaviours like these ones,they might be just telling you..they are feeling a little stressed.Alert BehaviourWhen your dog is moving its body into a stiff erect position, it’s ear’s raised, it is preparing toidentify a new situation. I see this often when I see dogs out walking. When are coming acrossa dog, a jogger, a new thing, they extend their neck and prick their ears. Somethingnew, possible a threat. This is a precursor to the next step. They could rush, show fearaggression, or throw in a calming signal, like sniff the ground or like their nose.Stressed BehaviourIf you see your dog licking its nose, sniffing the ground, yawning, turning their head away fromyou, they are saying they are feeling stressed. Some more subtle cues are using a sit or lyingdown. How often when we have been doing training do we see our dogs throw in one ofthese unsolicited This might be a good time to ramp back the pressure.
  3. 3. Submissive BehaviourThese are much easier to see, laying on their back, maybe the ears back, cowering. These arepretty tell-tale signs that dog is quite stressed and it telling you, I give up, you have it all overme.Summing UpThese are quite simple to learn and easy to recognise. Watch how your dog reacts around otherdogs and in certain situations. See if you can read their body language and identify any of thesesignals.About Glen WilsonGlen was a Police Dog Handler with the Queensland Police Service for 14 years. During thattime, he handled and trained 5 police dogs.The police dogs were trained in tracking, manwork (attack) work, drug detection, finding lostpeople, cadaver detection and obedience.Now he has a website called Ozdogtrainer found at http://www.ozdogtrainer.com.au where hehelps dog owners with their dog problems Follow Me On Twitter Follow Me On Facebook Follow Me On Google+ Follow Me On Pinterest Follow Me On Youtube Follow My RSS Feed

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