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Dog's body language

Post by Mattie » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:21 am

**Unfortunately these video clips are no longer available so we will be working on finding some new ones to replace them, if anyone has any please add the links to the end and I will edit them in here, cheers.**

These clips are well worth watching, they are from a lecture given by Jean Donaldson. They have made things much clearer to me.

Dog's Body Language Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5 ... re=related

Part 6 ... re=related

Part 7 ... re=related

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Post by Emotions » Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:35 pm

Great links, thanks for sharing :D

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Post by emmabeth » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:17 pm

Oooh thanks for that Mattie thats great :)

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Post by Mattie » Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:32 am

i thought you would like it Em, it has made things a lot clearer for me. :lol:

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Post by Missymay » Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:43 pm

Gotta love Donaldson, don't ya? She is one of my favorites.
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Post by K9LUVR » Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:44 am

Thanks for posting this. I have been looking to attend some seminars and such, but have not been able to find any in the near future in my area. This a great way to learn on my schedule and for free! Very much appreciated. :D

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Post by whatthedeuce » Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:04 pm

Anyone have any insight to why a dog will puff his cheeks in and out? I can't find any information about that anywhere.

My dog will be standing there appearing as though he's trying to get a really good sniff of something, but I wondered if he's actually stressed when he does that.

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Post by David » Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:44 pm

:shock: These are really helpful! Thanks for posting them. With what I do for a living it will help alot.
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Post by melhos123 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:49 pm

Another great resource:

Canine Body Language
A Photographic Guide

By Brenda Aloff

Check it out to see if it's what you need, it can be kind of expensive. However it's been very helpful to visual learners like me! :)

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About my dog behaver

Post by angelstar82 » Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:48 pm

I have a dog and she is 9 month and when i touch her sometime, she begin to bite me, and when i tried to put a harness and a head collar thing, she tried to bite on it when i putting it through her head, what to do to make her stop? i had no idea. :?

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Post by Mattie » Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:55 am

angelstar82, please can you start a new thread for your problems, this one is to discuss body language and your post may get lost in it. :D

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Re: Dog's body language

Post by runlikethewind » Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:43 am

Check out the two middle and last videos for dogs' attempts at calming

ps most pointless product 2011 me thinks...

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Post by Buddy'smyboy » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:35 pm

melhos123 wrote:Another great resource:

Canine Body Language
A Photographic Guide

By Brenda Aloff

Check it out to see if it's what you need, it can be kind of expensive. However it's been very helpful to visual learners like me! :)
I can see it's been a while since you've posted this, but I just wanted to ask a few questions about this book. I like to do research on anything and everything before I even consider going to my mom and asking her if we can get it, so I did a little research, price, reviews, etc. These are a few of the reviews that I picked out of, customer reviews;

Overall, it had a good layout with lots of pictures. I secretly found myself wishing the author had updated some of the dark, less clear, out-of-focus, or grainy photos with some better ones. Expecially when a dark, grainy picture was blown-up to highlight a certain detail and it just heighted the overall bad aspect of the original photo used. Considering how many times this book has been reprinted there is no excuse for this.
That aside it is a good book for people who are not use to working with large groups of dogs nor have the opportunity of watching their dog interact with stranger dogs to understand a bit of what is going on. This book at least gives peole an opportunity to define and give verbiage to a non-verbal form of communication. People panic way to much and blame the wrong dog as the aggressor or mistake that is occuring causing confusion between the owners and the dogs themselves.
I was very disappointed in this book. Since this book is supposed to be a photographic guide, I thought it would have good quality color photos in it. Instead, they are all grainy, blurry, black & white pictures. Some of the text is missing (?????????) on a couple pages, it just stops mid-sentence & does not continue onto the next page or anywhere else on the page. I did give it an 'It's Ok' rating though, because despite the bad photos & horrible editing, the author does explain in fairly good detail what specifically is going on in the dogs' minds when they are displaying certain looks or behaviors. But unless you have experience personally with dogs & can just know what the author is talking about, it would be hard to learn just from viewing the photos in this book. They aren't good enough quality photos for the novice dog owner/trainer to catch some of the more subtle 'looks' in the dogs pictured.
Good, but could be a lot more professionally written and photographed for the price. The quality of the photos is only very average. The explanations for each picture are at times too brief leaving the reader a bit confused. For example, I found it frustrating to be told some behavior is a displacement signal or a negotiation signal, but not define what the author means by the term displacement, etc. I was rather disappointed in this book.

These were some of the three star reviews. I can see on that the high majority of the reviews are five stars, which is very promising to me, but I like to take into account and consider the cons of things along with the pros. So my questions to you are how well do these reviews match up with what you experienced with the book? How do you think the picture quality is? How distracting or confusing did you find the grammer/words/explanations? I just want to get some answers directly from somebody because I can't do that with reviewers on Amazon like I can with you, that and I think posting this might help others with me to answer some basic questions about this book before buying, because like you say, it is kind of expensive; $25-$40 :shock: :o Thanks in advance to you and anyone else who can answer those questions.

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Re: Dog's body language

Post by Erica » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:54 am

When I last saw this thread I hadn't gotten/read the photographic guide book. Now that I have, I do have to agree that a lot of the photos are grainy or a bit blurry and it can be hard to see the subtle things the author is talking about. Nevertheless, I found the book informative and useful. :) I don't recall having the issue the second reviewer does, with cut-off sentences.
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Re: Dog's body language

Post by CarolineLovesDogs » Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:53 pm

This might not encompass the whole body language thing, but some awesome information and pictures of calming signals from Turid: ... vival.html

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