Tag Archives: dogs body language

Do you know what your dog is trying to tell you?

Dogs communicate in 4 ways, via body language, scent, touch and vocal tonation. In fact dogs read body language better than we do. Your dog more often than not, communicates with you on a daily basis. I bet you talk to your dog all the time, I know I do but how many of you, know what your dog is actually saying to you. Quite often what you say to your dog verbally or what you think they understand, isn’t what your body language is telling them, except for a few words you may have trained your dog to understand, they don’t know what you are saying to them.

The most common thing I hear from dog owners is “My dog knows when its done the wrong thing” In fact your dog doesn’t know, its reading your body language, feeding off your emotions and listening to your voice. If you are angry, your body posture looks more threatening/domineering and your voice may sound more harsh or high pitched.

Here is a very good article on dog body language and titled What is My Dog Trying to Tell Me well worth the read if you want to understand what your dog is trying to tell you.


Posted by on January 11, 2015 in About


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How does your dog cope with Christmas? Tips for Dog Owners and Parents on how to prevent dog bites

Christmas or anytime you have a large gathering of people can be a stressful time for your dog. You have to have your “Eyes Wide Open” all the time in other words you need to be aware of what’s going on around you, all the time. Dog bites are more likely to happen because there is a lot more activity going on, so what do you do to make sure everyone including your dog stays safe?  Below is a great info graphic from Doggone safe on Dog Bite Prevention. Please take time to read it.

holiday tips


Leave a comment

Posted by on December 6, 2014 in About


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Another dog attacked and killed in a Boarding Kennels

Another dog attacked and killed in a Boarding Kennels
Although this incident happened in Canada, How many Dog Boarding Kennels in New Zealand run large and small dogs together when exercising them. Again here is another aspect of Dog Safety that seriously needs to be looked at.
Large and small dogs should be separated if they are let out to run in large compounds. There should also be someone standing watching the dogs at all times, in other words they should have their “Eyes Wide Open” watching out for signs of stress, distress or aggression.
For many these days, the word supervise means just keeping an eye on the dogs as they are walking around doing other things, which is not good enough!
After all, many boarding kennels ask clients to sign a contract and if you read the small print, many state they are not responsible for anything that happens to your dog while in their care.
I do get that because they are running a business but they can reduce the risk by having someone watching the dogs at all times, when dogs are being exercised in groups.
Prevention is better than cure. After all, when dog and cat owners for that matter place their pets in these establishments, they trust that they, have their pets best interests at heart.é-kennel-owner-negligent-after-dog-fatally-attacked-1.2793484


Leave a comment

Posted by on October 10, 2014 in About


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Do you expect too much from your dog?

Do you expect too much from your dog?

Here’s a great article, on how pushing and expecting too much from your dog can cause stress and increase the possibility of you or someone else getting bitten.

Leave a comment

Posted by on June 5, 2014 in About


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Separation Anxiety in Dogs and related Behaviour Problems

Separation Anxiety in Dogs and related Behaviour Problems

Separation Anxiety and related problems are on the increase. I am personally seeing more & more dogs with these issues and they unfortunately can be one of the hardest behaviour problems to fix. Many dogs end up being given away because their owners can’t cope and become frustrated with their dogs behaviour.

All too often dogs are treated like babies and can become over reliant on their human family, that goes for big dogs as well as small dogs. Dogs like children, need to become independant and be able to happily function on their own. If you have a mutiple dog household the same applies. Dogs should be equally happy to hangout with each other or be on their own. Again, same as people. below is a very good article about Separation Anxiety in dogs


Leave a comment

Posted by on November 16, 2013 in About


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

With another recent spate of reported dog attacks in New Zealand, dog safety-dog, bite prevention education is needed more than ever.

With another recent spate of reported dog attacks in New Zealand, dog safety-dog, bite prevention education is needed more than ever.

With another recent spate of reported dog attacks in New Zealnd,I think its a timely reminder that more education in this area, is needed. Of course many more incidents go unreported.

Children under the age of 12yrs are the main victims of dog bites. Prevention through education is the key.

Maybe its time that dog bite prevention/dog safety education segments are introduced into puppy & obedience classes. As well as more education through the school system. Parents & Caregivers, also need to know just supervising dogs and kids together isn’t enough. They need to understand more about dog behaviour and be able to educate the children in their care, how to act around dogs. Whether they have a dog or not.

While, irresponsible dog ownership can shoulder some of the blame, I believe more education is needed in many areas. Many dog owners, are not well informed on such things, as Dog Bite Prevention, Dog Control Act, Dog behaviour-understanding, how dogs communicate with each other and with us. I cover the above topics and more with my clients, whether it be in class or privately.

I personally think its time for more clubs and trainers, who run training classes and the like, to do more, than just teach basic obedience and behaviour, to clients. Segments or FAQ sheets on some of the above mentioned issues, would not go astray.

In fact all adults whether they are dog owners are not need to know the basics on how to act around dogs. I hope the link below helps to inform and educate.

Here is a link to another very good article from Lola the Pitty

Leave a comment

Posted by on October 27, 2013 in About


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Boarding Kennel Stress: Tips for boarding an anxious/nervy dog

Boarding Kennel Stress: Tips for boarding an anxious/nervy dog

Tips for anxious/nervy dogs

So you have an anxious/nervy dog who needs to go into a dog boarding facility, what do you do?

Leave it to the last minute and expect your dog to be ok. Yes well, you can do that. It still suprises me how many owners do, even though, they know their dog displays this behaviour.

Staying in a boarding kennels can be stressful for any dog but even more so for dog who is anxious and nervy. The wellbeing of your dog should be your main concern, so in the case of anxious, nervy dogs, dogs who need more space or dogs who have separation issues, a few visits/stays maybe required. As they need more time to adjust. Their experiences have to be good ones, depending on the dog.

To read more click on the link: Boarding Kennel Stress: Tips for boarding an anxious/nervy dog

Leave a comment

Posted by on October 15, 2013 in About


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Muzzle Grab Behavior in Canids

Roger Abrantes

A “Muzzle grab” is a common behavior shown by social canines, e.g. wolves (Canis lupus lupus), dingoes (Canis lupus dingo), and dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)The function of this behavior is to confirm a relationship rather than to settle a dispute. The more self-confident individual will muzzle grab a more insecure opponent and thus assert its social position. The more insecure individual does not resist the muzzle grab. On the contrary, it is often the more insecure individual that shows submissive behavior by literally inviting its opponent to muzzle grab it. Even though we sometimes see this behavior at the end of a dispute, wolves and dogs only use it toward individuals they know well (pack members) almost as way of saying  “You’re still a cub (pup).” The dispute itself does not tend to be serious, just a low-key challenge, normally over…

View original post 690 more words

Leave a comment

Posted by on September 7, 2013 in About


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

What Parents & Educators should know! What to tell kids about dog safety and how to act when in the company of dogs.

What Parents & Educators should know! What to tell kids about dog safety and how to act when in the company of dogs.

Dogs are dogs not substitute human children and all have the potential to harm. They make great companions and are a lot of fun. But they need to be treated with respect and understanding and sometimes human expectations are too high, they don’t think like we do, they are, after all, a different species. Please click on the following link:

Dog safety for all, (not just kids) most dog bites are preventable. for a one stop resource on dog safety. Where you will find links to articles, videos on dog safety, keeping dogs and people safe.

Parents & educators have a responsibility to teach children about basic dog safety and awareness, because for the most part, children under the age of 12yrs are the one’s who get bitten. Even if you are not a dog owner, everyone needs to know how to act and behave when in the company of dogs. All too often, its the dog who pays the price, with its life.

Parents & caregivers need to do more than just supervise, when children and dogs are together. They need to watch out for signs of stress in the dog, such as: changes in facial expression, licking of the lips, and the dog’s general demeanor. If you are unsure remove the dog from the situation.

TV and Movies often portray “The good family dog” but don’t be fooled, these dogs are well trained, and they have trainers on the sets with them. If you want a well-trained and adjusted dog, you have to put the time and effort in. They need guidance, direction and boundaries, as do children.

Even people who have been around dogs all their life’s should Never assume that a strange dog is going to be friendly towards them, remember you may think you know dogs but that strange dog doesn’t know you. It may see you as an intruder or a threat.

Never leave a child alone with a dog, because a child’s actions may inadvertently trigger an unwanted response, and the child may get bitten.

Never tease a dog. (E.g.: shouting & yelling, barking, throwing things, pulling faces & ears etc). These actions can cause a dog to attack because it may feel threatened or frightened If the dog is confined in a yard or tied up it will not forget the teasing, and if the opportunity presents itself, it will get its own back.

Always ask the owner’s permission before petting a dog. If the owner is not around leave the dog alone. If it is a stray dog, stay well away.

Never run away from a dog and Never run away screaming and shouting, because a dogs natural instinct it to chase and catch its prey.

Never enter a yard with a dog in it; always ask permission from the owner.

Never stare into the eyes of a dog, that is how dogs challenge each other to fight.

Always approach dogs calmly, carefully and slowly. Let the dog see and sniff you that’s how they get to know you and never approach a dog from behind.

Dogs like to play rough, they don’t have hands like you or I, and they jump up and use their mouths to grab hold and hang on. So do not jump, wave your arms around or scream when playing around dogs, these actions excite and stimulate the dogs chase response.

Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.

If you are approached by a strange dog stand very still and remain calm. Don’t scream and shout, stand sideways, that tells the dog, via body language, that you are non confrontational, then slowly move away, by taking small steps, if you can.

Never approach a strange dog. (You will never know what it will do).

Never put your hand through a fence or a window of a parked car to pat a dog, because it will bite you.

Never disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, or caring for pups.

Never try to separate dogs that are fighting.

If you are knocked over by a dog, Always protect your face, arms & neck and roll up into a ball and remain very still.

If you get bitten tell an adult.

Never put your face close to a dog.

Never hug your dog or any dog around the neck because you may trigger the dogs bite reflex and the dog will bite you.

Children should not take their dog out for a walk unless accompanied by an adult, because if a situation arises e.g.: encounter with a stray dog, children don’t have the strength or presence of mind, to act quickly enough.

Be careful when handling a dog who is in pain or injured, it may bite you. Always, take precautions.

Always, try to be relaxed and calm around dogs, erratic movements could startle a dog or they may think you are teasing them.

Never take your dog on someone else’s property without finding out first, if it is OK to do so.

Fast-moving outdoor athletes should keep a safe distance between them and dog walkers. (E.g.: joggers, Cyclists etc). Again, these actions trigger the dog’s natural chase response.

Never run or walk up behind a dog, (even one you know) and try to pat it. Always, let a dog know you are there, let it see and sniff you.

For more information with graphics visit:
Also take time to read the NZ Herald Dog Attacks feature

Leave a comment

Posted by on August 26, 2013 in About


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

People who tease dogs by barking at them and think its funny!

People who tease dogs by barking at them and think its funny!

I was chatting to a client of mine the other day and he told me he caught a man standing at the bottom of his drive, barking at his dogs, luckily for him the dogs were behind the gates. Its bad enough when you catch children teasing dogs but an adult, should know better. People don’t like being teased or shouted at and neither do dogs. Dogs see it as a sign of aggression and can become aggressive if they are continuously teased and you wonder why people get bitten. Dogs or any animal for that matter deserve respect, as do we all.

Below is a link to a very good article about kids teasing a dog by barking at it.


Posted by on July 3, 2013 in About


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Framing Tales

Gaston Bessette, Photographie

La passion de la photo-Photographs as a passion

Ōrphic Flux

Tales of Wandering Souls

Wandering With Words

Random musings of a reckless soul.


Independent audiovideo artist

My Botanical Garden

garden and art

The Cheesesellers Wife

Anything and Everything, but mostly Poetry


iPhone vs Camera

My Blog

My WordPress Blog


Become Your Greatest Version

GlobeTrotters: When Pigs Fly

Travel, Fitness, Northern. Three of the finer things in life! Join me in exploring the globe and telling a funny story along the way with a little piggy

Love Travelling Blog

Travel diaries providing inspiration for planning the perfect trip


Live Your Dreams Don`t Dream Your Life

cancer killing recipe

Inspiration for meeting life's challenges.

Violet's Vegan Comics

Vegan-Friendly Stories for all ages