Play fighting often looks a lot like real fighting. In both playing and in fighting, dogs chase, snarl, and bite. They jump up on each other, vocalize, show their teeth and try to pin each other to the ground. All the while, … 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