DogSpeak: Understanding The Different Types Of Canine Aggression

Aggression can be challenging for dog lovers to understand, and there are many reasons a dog might engage in aggressive behaviors. Usually these behaviors relate to specific events, relationships, or environments. Here’s what you should know about canine aggression.

by DogTime
February 16th

DogSpeak: What Does Your Dog’s ‘Guilty’ Look Really Mean?

You’ve probably seen the “guilty look” from your dog, or maybe you’ve seen one of the countless guilty dog memes or viral videos online. But what does that guilty look mean? Are dogs actually ashamed of their behavior when they look like that?

by Colleen Safford
October 16th

DogSpeak: What Your Dog Is Saying With Their Stressed Out Scratching

When a dog scratches, we pet parents often scratch, too! We scratch our head wondering what’s causing our dogs to itch. Is it fleas? Do they have skin irritation? Maybe allergies? Maybe. But stress, frustration, or excitement can also cause a dog to scratch. Here’s what you need to know.

by Colleen Safford
June 23rd, 2020

DogSpeak: On-leash greeting

Dogs love to run free and race the zoomies. Their play is full of starts, stops, pauses, and play agains! During play, dogs are talking to one another with play bows, head turns, ear and mouth positioning, lifted paws and loads of other DogSpeak.When on leash, a dog’s freedom to intermingle naturally is stunted by […]

by DogTime
August 24th, 2010

Dog greetings: What’s really going on

Have you ever seen two friends or family members reunite? The emotional greeting usually involves hugs with happy, loud voices, pats on the back, and arms around one another. In some cases, there’s even a spank on the bottom or noogie to the head.Now, compare that type of greeting to a first time meet and […]

by DogTime
July 29th, 2010

DogSpeak translated: The head turn

Dog-language expert Colleen Safford, who studies non-verbal dog communication, reveals what it means when a dog turns its head. Is it camera shy or annoyed?

by DogTime
June 21st, 2010

The body shake: translated

After a dog has experienced anxiety or something it found to be intense, it will shake its body, as if it just exited a pool and is shaking off water; it's a calming action.

by DogTime
June 14th, 2010

DogSpeak: Dog yawning, translated

Dog-language expert Colleen Safford examines dog yawning and what it means for pet owners in this latest installment of DogSpeak — what non-verbal canine cues mean. 

by DogTime
June 8th, 2010

DogSpeak: Improving communication between you and your canine

Canine body language has been studied by researchers and scientists for years. Dogs are equipped with this very reliable and consistent language to help them communicate their intentions to one another. Their primary goal in using their language is to reduce and resolve conflict. Imagine that! How very civil of them!Dogs use this very same […]

by DogTime
June 1st, 2010

DogSpeak: Whale eye, translated

What is whale eye or half moon eye? A term used to describe a dog’s eyes when the white portion (sclera) is showing at the corners and/or rim.Remember that dogs use their language primarily to resolve and diffuse conflict. When they offer these signals, it’s in response to something that we or another dog are […]

by DogTime
June 1st, 2010
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