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Discover The Secrets Of Canine Body Language and Facial Expression


Wouldn't it be wonderful to know what your dog was thinking and feeling? 

Although we will never know for sure, there are clues you can learn, which will help you to understand your dog much better. If you can do this, you can learn to assess and even predict canine behaviour.

If you are a brilliant owner, a trainer, a member of veterinary staff, behaviour specialist, welfare professional or volunteer – or just have a fascination with dogs - you will benefit from this comprehensive course, bringing to life the hidden language of dogs.

Perfect for professionals and students of behaviour and training:

  • Learn the subtle secrets of dog body language that I explain only in Advanced Masterclasses

  • Up-skill and update your behavioural knowledge with state-of-the-art information

  • Keep yourself safe around unknown dogs through rapid assessment strategies

  • Assess a dog’s needs with regard to behaviour and training in less time

  • Understand the 8 steps of aggression, so you can switch them off

  • Make the link between your ‘gut instinct’ and your head when reading dogs

And for brilliant owners:

  • Avoid threats to your own dog when out walking

  • Up-skill and update your behavioural knowledge with state-of-the-art information

  • Understand your own dog in a way that others simply don’t

  • Learn to predict your dog’s behaviour

  • Avoid getting bitten by unknown dogs

  • Reduce stress for your dog in all situations

  • Improve your training with your dog, your bond and your relationship

  • Get off to a great start with a puppy or rescue dog

This Programme is structured to be straight-forward and fun!

  • 3 Easy-to-follow modules where Sarah takes you step-by-step through Canine Vocabulary, Canine Coping Strategies and Canine Social Signals – how to tell that he loves you!


  • PLUS Bonus Module – Preventing Aggression by understanding Early Warnings: Fear, Stress, Anxiety and Appeasement


  • Video tutorials that demonstrate clearly what to look for so you can match what you see in the video to your own dog and dogs around you. Making it simple to learn to talk dog


  • A quick interactive Quiz at the end of each Module, to help embed your learning and give you a deeper understanding of canine behaviour

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Canine Vocabulary

    • Welcome to Learn To Talk Dog! A message from Sarah

    • About Sarah

    • Canine Vocabulary Introduction

    • 1. ‘Play’ Bows

    • 2. Giving a Paw

    • 3. Jumping Up

    • 4. Yawning

    • 5. Lip licking and tongue flicking

    • 6. Rolling over

    • 7. Eye contact

    • 8. Blinking

    • 9. Head turns

    • 10. Tail wagging

    • 11. Looking ‘guilty’

    • 12. Body weight, height and body movement

    • Gallery ~ Share your pics and videos! And a chance to practise your observations

    • Canine Vocabulary Quiz - once you have been through all the lessons in 'Canine Vocabulary', take the quiz to see how much you have learned

  • 2

    The Four F's

    • The Four F’s Introduction

    • 1. Which ‘F’ and why?

    • 2. Freeze

    • 3. Stress signs in dogs: links to the Four F’s

    • 4. Flirt

    • 5. Displacement activities

    • 6. Flight

    • 7. Approach/avoid conflict

    • 8. Fight part 1: Low-level warnings

    • 9. Fight, part 2

    • 10. Aggression as a habit

    • 11. Bonus Material

    • The Four F's Quiz - see how much you've learned

  • 3

    Social Signals

    • Introduction

    • 1. Green flag, red flag

    • 2. Saying hello

    • 3. Learning the lingo

    • 4. So, let us look at signs of sociability!

    • 5. Green flag behaviours

    • 6. Space

    • 7. Lowering the head

    • 8. Engaging with person

    • 9. Keeping contact

    • 10. Soft body and face

    • 11. Greeting stretch

    • 12. Open mouth/smiling or grinning

    • 13. Ears back (and inside out)

    • 14. Licking

    • 15. Juvenile behaviours

    • 16. Suckling / love nibbles

    • 17. And finally

    • Social Signals Quiz

  • 4

    Early Warning Systems

    • Introduction

    • 1. Intensity is important

    • 2. One step at a time (if you’re lucky)

    • 3. Signs of stress

    • 4. Eyes

    • 5. Body position

    • 6. Growling and barking

    • 7. Hackles (piloerection)

    • 8. Snarling

    • 9. Lunging

    • 10. Muzzle punch/nose jab

    • 11. Lead grab

    • 12. Hard jumping up and clasping, oh, and genital checking!

    • 13. Mounting

    • 14. Scent mark – Anal swipe/urine mark

    • 15. Finally, let’s talk about teeth

    • Early Warning Systems Quiz - see how much you have learned!

    • Congratulations!