Understanding Canine Body Language
We should always observe our dogs objectively rather than subjectively and the importance of context, duration, combination, repetition, and evaluation. When we observe our own dogs are we making assumptions about them as we know the dogs or are we looking at them in the same way we might look at dogs that are not part of our own family? Tellington TTouch® Instructor Lindy Dekker always talks about looking with a beginners mind and this is something to really try to do when observing your own dogs.
We can explore the components of the dog individually as well as looking at the dog as a whole. You will notice that when we take this approach almost all the behaviours that we see “could” mean several different things, can we observe without judgment?
Finally, when studying body language it is useful to look at movement, how do dogs interact with each other? Is this different on lead to off lead? If they are on a collar or a harness? A single connection harness or a two-point harness? Also think about the environment.
Ref: – Dog Training College Canine Body Language Student manual by Leanne McWade and Tellington TTouch® Training
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Xtra Dog Training, in conjunction with the Dog Training College offers accredited Canine Body Language courses on Zoom and in person. We are bringing the course to Ipswich on May 1st at 10am
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