Tag Archives: body language

Misunderstanding and misplaced compassion for dogs

An odd title, perhaps.  But bear with me while I explain.

We humanise dogs so easily.  Readily believing that they:

  • Get excited about things (e.g the walk, or our return home)
  • Are very affectionate (when they seek our attention or climb onto our laps)
  • Get bored (when we see restless behaviour)
  • Are being naughty, when they aren’t acting in the way we want them to.
  • Are happy because (more…)

Dog body language and what it means

I have been provided with the below infographic to share on my website by an Australian company called Greyhounds as Pets.  I get offered content to share quite a lot and it’s rare to find something that is helpful rather than misleading.  This infographic is really good.  The caveat I would give before reading is that bear in mind that different breeds of dogs have different physiology, for instance:

Dog body language basics – for the walk

I was asked by a client I helped recently for some more information on what different body languages mean, so she knew what to look out for when considering whether to allow her dog to approach other dogs on the walk.  So I’ve collected a few images and will give the best possible explanation of each, to help you understand what you are working with.

Relaxed, but thinking

A quick glance at this beautiful (more…)