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Old 05-08-2011, 12:12 PM   #11
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Draco, excellent post! Thank you!

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Old 05-08-2011, 01:02 PM   #12
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Great article Draco!!

There's only one communication tool that's missing...

It's the dead serious, solemn stare that I get when I've put off doing something that MacKenzie want's me to do!....rofl.

You know the one - it says "Hey, you told me 20 minutes ago that I'd get my 'biscuits/walk/playtime/dinner/out'. Do it NOWWWWW Mommy!!"

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I don't know if anyone else's dog does this but if I take something out of my dog's mouth when we go for a walk, he doesn't like it and will turn around, grab the leash by his mouth and walk me he's normally a very quiet dog, so this is his way of protesting. he really is an oddball

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speaking of communication, can anyone recommend a good book on dog behaviors? I'm striving to learn everything I can about the way my dog acts and behaves and would like a tool to refer to for future use.

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speaking of communication, can anyone recommend a good book on dog behaviors? I'm striving to learn everything I can about the way my dog acts and behaves and would like a tool to refer to for future use.
There are so many great resources out there. Are you looking for something specifically about interpreting body language ie learning to read your dog, or training / behaviour in general? What have you already read?

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There are so many great resources out there. Are you looking for something specifically about interpreting body language ie learning to read your dog, or training / behaviour in general? What have you already read?
I haven't read anything. I found a couple of books at Barnes & Noble but I didn't buy them. I'm looking for something that discusses everything from body language to overall behavior in dogs. I've learned a lot just by watching George play at the dog park, but I'd like to learn more.

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For general training philosophy I would suggest everybody should read Jean Donaldson's 'Culture Clash' or possibly Karen Pryor's 'Don't shoot the dog'.

For in depth information on reading dogs and body language I think you can't go past a DVD with a lot of video footage of dogs (tricky to get this from a book), Sarah Kalnajs' 'The Language of Dogs' is superb:
http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB875P

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This may be of help to you in reading up about body language.. it was written by "someone" Chessie knows very well :-)

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thanks for the recommendations. I'll have to check the balanced canine site when i'm at work - it keeps freezing up my computer at home

either way, I still want to learn everything there is to know about dog behavior. I noticed yesterday at the dog park that 'hip nudging' is an act of friendliness, which is what George started doing for the first time with other dogs and people. But, there's the curious case of the Yellow Lab in my neighborhood that George does not get along with. I ran into my neighbor this morning while he was walking his dog - they were both parallel to George and I on the street. George starts growling and is trying to lunge forward at this other dog, even though they were across the street. I held him back and close to me and George sat and watched as they continued on their way. George has rarely shown any aggression towards another dog, so I wanna know why he's behaving the way he does

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thanks for the recommendations. I'll have to check the balanced canine site when i'm at work - it keeps freezing up my computer at home

either way, I still want to learn everything there is to know about dog behavior. I noticed yesterday at the dog park that 'hip nudging' is an act of friendliness, which is what George started doing for the first time with other dogs and people. But, there's the curious case of the Yellow Lab in my neighborhood that George does not get along with. I ran into my neighbor this morning while he was walking his dog - they were both parallel to George and I on the street. George starts growling and is trying to lunge forward at this other dog, even though they were across the street. I held him back and close to me and George sat and watched as they continued on their way. George has rarely shown any aggression towards another dog, so I wanna know why he's behaving the way he does
Are you sure he's reacting to the other dog or is there a chance he's reacting to the owner??

Seriously, some dogs are very, very sensitive to both human and canine 'bad guys'.

Over the years I've had some really seriously freaky situations where one of my collies has reacted with threatening behaviour (always from a safe distance) to people only to find out afterwards that they were 'bad guys'!

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