'Popping the bubble!'...

OK, not a title I thought I’ve ever use, but hey… given that we have all adopted this new term, along with ‘lockdown’ and my personal favourite… “unprecedented’ … I thought we’d go with it!

In this talk, I explore how dogs (and cats) may behave according to whether they are operating within their intimate social bubble, or not.. and how recognising and understanding this should have a big impact on our observations and assessments of canine body language and behaviour.

To illustrate, I look at three of the most commonly misinterpreted behaviour signals in our field: play bows, rolling over, and scent marking … and discuss how important it is that we try to see things differently according to different contexts, to help our dogs on a day-to-day basis. This is most especially when they are out in the big wide world, and are relying on us to be their safe place.

  • Canine body language needs to be observed with social context in mind
  • The difference between ‘family v friend’
  • Our understanding of other species’ behavioural traits may help us explore those that are more familiar – in other words, what cats might be able to teach us about dogs!


Enjoy!

 

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A fascinating video of Sarah's talk at the International Dog Trainers Winter Summit 2020. As dog owners, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to sources...

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A fascinating video of Sarah's talk at the International Dog Trainers Winter Summit 2020. As dog owners, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to sources of information, especially online, on how best to train our dogs (not all of it good!). However, when it comes to understanding our dogs' primary source of communication - body language - there is far less information. Based on my research one of the best (if not "the" best) sources is Sarah Whitehead. She is hugely knowledgable and very easy to listen to. If you do nothing else, watch this video and change your opinion on whether or not your dog, or another dog, is making a 'play bow'. We all know the term - but most of us don't really understand it!

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