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Thoughts on communication as a way to better understand dog behavior

The domestic dog spends the majority of his/her life interacting with an utterly noncanine animal, the human. Many dogs today live as the minority species in a household without other dogs and often they are required to interact more with … Continue reading

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Should understanding dog body language be seen as a public policy issue?

Last semester I took Paul Waldau’s course, Animals in Public Policy and the Law, where we explored the many aspects of how nonhuman animals are impacted by our often human-centered (Waldau, 2011) policy making. We read about past and current … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the importance of exploring our understanding of how dogs communicate.

The domestic dog spends the majority of his/her life interacting with an utterly noncanine animal, the human. Many dogs today live as the minority species in a household without other dogs and often they are required to interact more with … Continue reading

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A dog’s behavioral displays are always a combination of genes and environment.

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As with any human or other-than-human animal, all behaviors are a combination of genetic makeup and environmental influence. Communication is included in this statement, which means that canine communication and body language is a mix of inherent and learned behavioral … Continue reading

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Can you see the differences in body language between these two pictures of Quinn the Dog?

I thought it would be a good exercise to find two photos of Quinn and discuss his body language. The photos I’ve chosen show Quinn standing in a similar fashion but with very different facial expressions that betray very different … Continue reading

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Do you agree that it’s important to learn how to read dog body language?

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In the introduction to her book “Canine Body Language” Brenda Aloff does an excellent job explaining the importance of gaining knowledge and understanding of dog body language. She emphasizes the fact that, “…dog behaviour is not random, despite how it … Continue reading

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Want to know what your dog is thinking? Read up on canine body language!

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Our dog Quinn has a way of looking so forlorn, and when we first adopted him both Josh and I found it difficult not fall into that age-old tendency facing all dog owners of anthropomorphizing.  I quickly realized that I … Continue reading

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