Tawzer Dog | Dissecting the Dynamics of Dog-Dog Play

Dissecting the Dynamics of Dog-Dog Play

Video Description:

In the fluid dance we call play, dogs leap, spin, chase, pounce, and wrestle together. Their interactions range from joyful romps based in camaraderie and fun, to cautious “discussions” born of over-arousal and tension, and sometimes even to skirmishes that can result in bodily harm. If we are to make accurate behavioral assessments and keep dogs safe psychologically and physically, we must understand play’s subtle dynamics.
Through entertaining lecture and extensive video footage, we will explore the nuances of dog-dog play. Viewing slow motion playback will reveal split-second body language, signals, and maneuvers that would otherwise be missed, and will improve your skills when watching dogs interact in real time. Even if you are an experienced trainer or owner, you’ll be amazed at how much is revealed. One thing is certain: you’ll never look at dog-dog play in the same way again.
Topics include:
  • What constitutes safe play 
  • Whether actions like mounting are problematic or not 
  • What the latest studies reveal about gender play preferences, role reversals, and self-handicapping 
  • What canine physical features may confuse other dogs and hamper communication 
  • Which danger signals should not be ignored 
  • When a play bow means something other than, "Let’s play!" 
  • How and why redirected aggression occurs 
  • How play can sometimes be a displacement behavior 
  • Which situations warrant intervention and how to do so safely 
  • …and lots more! 

Presentation by: Nicole Wilde, CPDT-KA

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Presenter Bio:

Nicole Wilde is an internationally recognized, award-winning author and lecturer, as well as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). Her nine books include So You Want to be a Dog Trainer, Help for Your Fearful Dog, and Don’t Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety. In addition to working with dogs, Nicole has worked with wolves and wolfdogs for over fifteen years and is considered an expert in the field. Nicole is the recipient of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ prestigious Ian Dunbar Member of the Year Award for 2006, and is a popular speaker at the organization’s conferences. Nicole writes an “Ask the Trainer” column for Modern Dog Magazine and blogs for Huffington Post, as well as her own Wilde About Dogs blog.

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This video qualifies for 1 trainer CEUs