The Language of Dogs by Sarah Kalnajs

The Language of Dogs by Sarah Kalnajs




“The Language of Dogs” DVD is a very useful video which is appropriate for owners who wish to study and understand their dog’s body language. Although Joyful Doggy is more of a website teaching the basics and fundamentals of Clicker Training, I feel that by understanding what your dog is trying to tell you is one of the most important communication tools you can have with him. This in turn helps in getting your dog to do things that you want and things which you wish to put a stop to. That is why I am putting this DVD under recommended watchings.

This video stars Sarah Kalnajs, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and a Certified Pet Dog Trainer who has been working with dogs professionally for 10 years, taking us by the many different signals a dog may show as a form of communication not only to other dogs, but to humans in addition.

She categorized the signals into different categories. Below are some of the examples:

1. Stress Signals

2. Calming/Appeasement Signals

3. Distance Increasing Signals

4. Distance Decreasing Signals

Let me elaborate a little further into the above four categories to give you an idea of what it method.

1. Stress Signals

This should be easy to understand. Sarah goes into details what the signals are that makes up a stressed dog. Every single body signal is followed by videos of dogs she has worked on.

Examples of signals: yawning, lip licking, freezes.

2. Calming/Appeasement Signals

This kind of signal method that a dog may show a body signal telling dogs and humans “I average you no harm”.

Examples of signals: looking away, blinking, sitting or lying down.

3. Distance Increasing Signals

This is the kind of signal that tells you to “Back off”! If you are able to clarify the signals early, you will be saved from in any case might happen.

Examples of signals: showing teeth, ears alert/forward, tense body and confront.

4. Distance Decreasing Signals

When a dog shows any of this signal, it method submission and it is safe to approach the dog to pet it or play with it.

Examples of signals: play bows, soft eyes, relaxed posture.

Do observe that the examples given are only considered a small portion as compared to the long list of signals provided and explained by Sarah herself.

Videos of the dogs she has worked on are also shared in this DVD.

Overall, I feel that this DVD is indeed very worthy to get. I like the amount of information that was included in this and it made me understand dog’s language already better after watching.




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