Body language in dogs
Learning to observe and interpret dog body language is the one thing that will make the communication between you and your dog going. Dogs speak all the time through their body and as dog guardians, it is our responsibility to learn this language.
Below you will find a few videos from different trainers around the world about observing body language for various situations. Also a few charts with drawings, and a suggested Facebook group specialized in having people observe and describe details of what they are seeing before actually interpreting anything. Spend some time in that group and soon you will start having an eye for those small details in dog body language that tell us so much about how dogs are feeling!
- Here is the website of Turid Rugaas. She wrote an important book about this subject.
- Here you will find a link for the Facebook group created by trainer Donna Hill: the group is called Observation Skills for Training Dogs. Join in and please remember to follow the group guidelines.
- Here another website of Modern Dog Magazine with drawings of body language
- An ASPCA website on body language
Videos on body language
Body language to say yes or no to petting
Body language of play
Drawings made by Lili Chin. You can find them at http://www.doggiedrawings.net/.