It can be helpful to consider that we are asking our dogs to learn to speak english as a second language. It’s easy to forget this…that dogs have their own language system. Turrid Rugaas, a dog trainer and researcher from Norway, has identified a number of signals that dogs use amongst one another, and with people, to communicate their needs and feelings. My next post will explore the importance for us, as dog handlers, to consider what our calming signals may be.
Calming Signals Photo Gallery http://en.turid-rugaas.no/calming-signals-photos.html