Tag Archives: understanding dogs

Parts vs. Whole: Truly Understanding Your Dog’s Body Language

Posted on: December 3, 2015 - No Comments

I have been seeing too many people misinterpreting a dog’s communication resulting in confused and worried dogs, frustrated humans, and sometimes even a dog bite.

How Well Do Dogs and Humans Understand Each Other? (Part 2 of 2)

Posted on: November 16, 2015 - No Comments

How much do dogs really comprehend us? Lots of work at dog cognition centers around the world are attempting to grasp how much dogs really know.

How Well Do Our Dogs Understand Us? (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on: November 10, 2015 - No Comments

So, how much do dogs know? Humans have lived side-by-side with dogs for thousands of years, yet even today this big question continues to baffle science – even as dogs have become family members.

Doggie See, Doggie Do

Posted on: June 11, 2014 - No Comments

Do you ever feel like your dog is a copycat? A new study shows that dogs can imitate human behavior for up to ten minutes after it has happened. Prior to this study, only apes and humans had been shown to demonstrate this ability, one that requires a high degree of cognition. The researchers were Read More

What I’m Trying to Say

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Positively Contributor and Colorado-based VSPDT Louisa Morrissey discusses dog body language and communication, and how you can better understand what your dog is trying to tell you.

Developing a Common Language to Set Our Dogs Up to Succeed

Posted on: February 12, 2014 - No Comments

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ― Mark Twain As a writer, I strive to find the perfect word to communicate exactly what I want to say. Someone can trip, tumble, or slip, and even though those words mean that the Read More

Understanding Dog Play

Posted on: January 18, 2014 - 3 Comments

All too often, dog owners misread the language of dogs interacting with one another. Whether it's incorrectly defining innocent play as dangerous fighting or taking too lightly what is actually aggressive behavior, it is important to learn what dogs are saying to each other through their play. Dog-to-dog play is a series of active and Read More

Canine Cognition

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Canine cognition is how a dog’s mind processes the world around it. Knowing your dog’s cognitive style will help you understand what drives him, how he learns and what he needs from you to make learning easier. Cognitive science is the study of the mind and intelligence, embracing philosophy, psychology, linguistics and anthropology. Cognitive scientific Read More

Canine Emotion

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There is much debate on whether a dog’s experience of emotion is similar to that of a human’s or if a dog’s behavior is simply influenced by an inner drive to survive. While we cannot claim to have all the answers yet, science is helping increase our understanding of how the dog’s brain works, producing Read More

Canine Vocal Language

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Dogs communicate with the world around them in all kinds of ways. An especially important aspect of canine communication to understand is how they vocalize, which can include barking, growling, and whining. While a dog’s reason for vocalizing in these ways may vary, it's crucial to understand how and why dogs are communicating. Barking Dogs Read More

Canine Body Language

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Because dogs don't speak our language, the only way to truly comprehend and communicate with them is for us to understand and appreciate what they are telling us through their body and vocal language. Often, gestures or actions that we assume mean one thing are actually the dog telling us the exact opposite, and determining Read More

Canine Senses

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From the almost other-worldly capabilities of the dog's amazing sense of smell to their ears' powerful ability to hear as well as their laser-like sense of sight;  to truly understand how dogs perceive the world it's crucial to first understand the overall canine sensory experience. Senses are closely linked to emotions, and emotions are the Read More

Understanding Dogs

Posted on: January 15, 2014 - No Comments

The first and most important step to building a strong, healthy relationship with our dogs is to truly understand how they think, feel and learn. Thanks to the ongoing advances in the scientific community, our understanding of our canine companions is constantly evolving, providing us the opportunity to look deep inside the dog’s mind and Read More