Dogs are excellent interpreters of canine body language and signals. But how good are we at reading dogs? 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 there’s so much more to canine body language and communication. Here are just a few of the topics that are covered:
- What does it mean when a dog's teeth chatter, or when the lower jaw trembles?
- How dangerous are air snaps and muzzle punches?
- Is there a significance to which side your dog's tail wag favors?
- What are the active and passive defense reflexes?
- Can you recognize the subtle signals that tell you when a dog is afraid?
- Do dogs "laugh" and if so, how can we make use of it?
You’ll hear about all of these things, and will also gain a much better understanding of how human body language and vocalizations can have a huge impact. You’ll see how even your smallest gesture can affect the way dogs react, both in training and in everyday interactions. Best of all, you’ll learn how to use that knowledge to gain cooperation and trust. The lecture is packed 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, lightning-quick signals that otherwise might have been missed—even if you’re a professional.
Presentation by: Nicole Wilde, CPDT-KA
Copyright © 2013, Tawzer Dog LLC
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.
This video qualifies for 5 trainer CEUs