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Belly Up, Hands Up!

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, In : Body Language 


That's my new catch phrase when discussing what to do when your puppy rolls over onto his back. Most humans interpret that as rub my belly. That it isn't true in every situation.

It can mean a number of things. That’s why context and looking at the dog’s overall body language is important. What is the rest of his body doing? His ears? His tail? His eyes? His lips?

Is his body loose and relaxed? Is it tight? Does he nudge your hand in an effort to get you to touch him? Is he stari...


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Greeting Dogs Politely

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, In : Body Language 

Have you ever wondered why some dogs seem to gravitate to those who don't really like dogs? 

When we say hello to someone, we look directly at them, standing straight, usually facing forward as we walk towards them, outstretched hand(s), getting ready to shake hands or hug, depending on relationship. It would be rude to avoid eye contact or stand sideways to someone as we converse with them, not to mention a bit odd.

How do dogs greet? Very differently. They avoid walking deliberately forward, ...
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