Calming signals is a term coined by Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas to describe the signals used by dogs to communicate with each other. The type of signals a dog uses depends on the dog. The signals, however, are universal and all dogs understand them even if they do not use them. Dogs are known to use these signals with humans, too.
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Turid Rugaas is a noted expert on canine body language, notably "calming signals" which are signals dogs give to other dogs and humans to denote stress and to attempt defuse situations that otherwise might result in fights or aggression One of our all time best selling books is now in its second edition with three additional chapters, color photos and descriptive captions.
Turid Rugaas is a noted expert on canine body language, notably "calming signals" which are signals dogs give to other dogs and humans to denote stress and to attempt defuse situations that otherwise might result in fights or aggression.
Written in practical, down-to-earth, logical language. Get A Copy. Paperback , 79 pages. Published December 1st by Dogwise Publishing first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about On Talking Terms with Dogs , please sign up. How easy is this to follow and use as a guide?
Ryan It's been a little while since I read this but it isn't really a step by step guide for implementing the knowledge but rather a small booklet that exp …more It's been a little while since I read this but it isn't really a step by step guide for implementing the knowledge but rather a small booklet that explains methods and some of the logic behind them. I found the information to be valuable and there are suggestions within on how to use it but it is largely up to you to recognize and apply the concepts yourself.
The information is clear and pictures are used to demonstrate I'd say that it is easy to follow and understand. See 1 question about On Talking Terms with Dogs…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 28, Amelia rated it really liked it. Short and sweet, this booklet should be required reading for anyone who interacts with dogs that's a lot of people. A big paradigm shift occurs when you start noticing the many, many times that your dog says "that makes me feel uncomfortable" or "could you please stop doing that".
It's a shift away from "don't worry, he's fine" to "hey there buddy, are you okay"? We expect an awful lot of dogs, but aren't the best at listening to them and respecting their actual needs.
Though the content is ve Short and sweet, this booklet should be required reading for anyone who interacts with dogs that's a lot of people. Though the content is very fresh and important, the presentation and length were a tad frustrating for me. Some odd things happened in the translation from Norwegian to English, so sometimes a sentence is confusing or the wording inappropriate. I especially would have liked a even more photographic examples of each signal and b counterexamples of when and why lip-licking or turning of the head are not calming signals, due to the context in which they are observed.
Both of these concerns are addressed somewhat in the accompanying DVD sold separately , but the DVD is itself a little shorter on narration than could be hoped. All in all: excellent information, slightly lacking presentation. Mar 17, Lauren rated it really liked it. Turid Rugaas brings a whole new perspective to dog rehabilitation. I purchased this book along with the DVD. The DVD sure helps Turid solidify her points. I have an "ambassador" dog much like Turid's that helps me rehab the rescue dogs I foster.
Much of what he does she talks about in this book, and here I was thinking I was crazy well, that's what people tell me, anyway. If you do rescue work, you are doing a disservice to the dogs you foster and Wow! If you do rescue work, you are doing a disservice to the dogs you foster and your own personal dogs if you do not fully understand Turid's points.
Read it over and over until you get it straight because the dogs you rescue are so worth it! Love it! Did not give it a full 5 stars because of quality for the price. This book and the DVD are pretty pricey, but worth it! I am inspired and sad in the same time! I'm sad because of all the mistakes I did with my dog. About all the stress, that I was a source of.
It is one of the most useful and important books in my life. Thanks a lot, Turid! Jun 08, Jesi rated it really liked it. A short but good read, with some great photographs. Dogs have developed a nuanced language for communicating that they are friendly and nonthreatening. These "calming signals" Rugaas's term are typically used as preventative measures dogs use them when greeting or passing each other to prevent conflict from breaking out or as deescalat A short but good read, with some great photographs.
These "calming signals" Rugaas's term are typically used as preventative measures dogs use them when greeting or passing each other to prevent conflict from breaking out or as deescalation tactics, to calm down a situation that is getting tense or uncomfortable. Calming signals are a way of communicating the dog's intention to others, but they also seem to be self-soothing techniques that help the dog calm their own nervous system.
Some calming signals seem to be inborn Rugaas notes that puppies begin using yawning as a calming signal within a few hours of birth but others are learned or honed through extensive social contact with other dogs.
This is a big part of why early socialization is so critical for puppies, because meeting lots of other dogs esp mature, emotionally well-adjusted dogs helps them collect lots of social 'data' on canine communication techniques.
Puppies who are raised by their mothers or who receive a lot of early, positive socialization experiences tend to grow up to become much calmer, more well-adjusted dogs. Dogs can "lose" this form of language if they aren't properly socialized, or if they are punished by humans for using these signals. Unfortunately, humans typically don't know how to read calming signals.
People will often misinterpret certain signs such as sniffing the ground, looking away, or moving in a curving line instead of coming straight back to us as defiance, when in fact what's happening is that the dog senses the human's anger, feels uncomfortable and worried, and is trying to use calming signals to defuse tension or to communicate that they mean no harm.
This made me so sad!!! On the trail and in my agility class, I often see people yelling at their dogs or scolding them for doing many of the behaviors described in this book. And I have often been guilty of interpreting Pip sniffing the ground or turning his back to me as him deliberately ignoring me, when actually it sounds like he's responding to the frustration in my body language or voice.
One thing I found super interesting: Rugaas has found that humans can actually use calming signals too, and dogs will be able to "read" them. Here are some of the most common calming signals: 1. Turning head to the side. Making direct eye contact is impolite and might even be perceived as threatening. Dogs will turn their head to the side when meeting to calm the other dog and assure them that their intentions are good.
This signal may also express that they are uncomfortable and are wanting to calm down a potentially tense interaction. When dogs do make direct eye contact, they use a relaxed gaze, letting the eyelids droop and the eyes go soft. Apparently the direct eye contact thing is why dogs don't like to look directly at a camera!
This calming signal is one that humans can use too. I actually found this really interesting because so many people train a "look at me" signal where the dog is expected to maintain direct, unblinking eye contact. If that is actually really uncomfortable for the dog, I wonder if there's an alternate attention behavior that could be trained instead? Licking their lips.
Dogs do this to express that they're feeling a little uncomfortable or worried. They might use it if someone is hugging them too tightly or if they're in an unfamiliar environment and are feeling on edge. Licking is a way of communicating that discomfort while also calming themselves down.
Humans can lick their lips too as a calming signal. Apparently this is a great one for humans to do with dogs. If you are meeting a new dog who seems a little skittish or on edge, you can do big, relaxed yawns repeatedly while averting or softening your gaze to show that you're not a threat. Other people can yawn when they meet your dog too to make them feel more comfortable.
Turid Rugaas - International Dog Trainer. Home About me Who is Turid Rugaas? Contact me Publications. Find a dog trainer About Organize in your country? The dogs have about 30 calming signals, perhaps even more. It varies from dog to dog. Prince is punished for using his calming signals to calm dad.
We are still shipping daily! Below are the available bulk discount rates for each individual item when you purchase a certain amount. Yawning, lip-licking, sneezing, even scratching are just a few of the plus signals that dogs use to communicate with one another. With On Talking Terms With Dogs you can learn to recognize these signals and use them yourself to interact with your dog.
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