Talk to the Paw! Understanding Canine Body Language & Communication

Dogs are excellent interpreters when it comes to the body language and signals of other dogs. But how good are people at it? Sure, you know that ears back and tail down means a dog is afraid, and that a show of teeth is your cue to move away slooowly. But what about the subtler and lesser-known signals?

  • What does it mean when a dog’s teeth chatter, or when the lower jaw trembles?
  • What can sneezing indicate, other than a need to vacuum your house?
  • Is there a significance to which side your dog’s tail wags more?
  • How can you tell when a dog is showing aggression, as opposed to an active defense display?
  • Can you recognize the subtle signals that tell you a dog is afraid?
  • Do dogs “laugh” and if so, how can we make use of it?

You’ll discover all of those things, as well as getting a better understanding of the human part of the equation. You’ll see how even your smallest gesture can affect the way dogs react, both in training and in everyday interactions, and you’ll learn how to use that knowledge to gain cooperation and trust.

The lecture is filled with eye-opening information including the latest research studies, as well as an extensive collection of fascinating photos and video footage. By viewing real-time video and then slow-motion playback, you’ll improve your observational skills and discover subtle, quick signals that otherwise might have been missed—even if you’re a professional. You’ll also participate in interactive, fun exercises including “Name that Bark!” that will further hone your skills. This seminar packs a lot of useful information into one day. Whether you’re a trainer, shelter/rescue worker, owner, vet tech, or other professional or enthusiast, you’ll come away with plenty of new ideas, tips, tricks, and a whole new understanding of body language and communication—dogs and ours.