Interacting politely with adult dogs is an important life skill for puppies. Young puppies get away with a lot when they’re still with their mother and siblings. They learn about moving their bodies, playing with other puppies, and the kinds of behaviours that may help them have good relationships … Read more
Penny, Juno and I were attacked by a neighbour’s dog last week. The dog was protecting his garden. None of us were bitten. I fell down, but wasn’t badly hurt. Since this is a good example of canine territorial aggression, I am using it as case study.… Read more
Playing is about real life. In play, puppies learn how to work their bodies and how to communicate with other dogs. Grown dogs often continue to play in adulthood, whether playing with other adults or with puppies. Playing together is one way that dogs … Read more
How can we identify friendly dogs? Dogs express friendliness in the same ways from puppyhood to old age. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, above, is obviously pleased to see the photographer. Her eyes are open wide and her pupils appear to be dilated. … Read more
What does it mean when two dogs are playing and one rolls over onto her back? While this seems to be a simple question, easily answered by observing dogs’ behaviour, it’s good to question our assumptions about what we see.
History of interpretation
When dogs interact, what is … Read more
Dog and animal-related blogs and articles come across my web feed all the time. This week, there have been plenty of stories about, and photos of, dogs in the snow in Eastern Canada and the United States. The wonderful photo, above, is of Bolt, the Shetland Sheepdog belonging to Meg … Read more