Just a quick body language observation item today. I love watching slow motion footage of my dogs since so much is happening that I normally don’t see.
I had suspected for a while that Summer had at least two distinct “lip licks.” Lip licks, lip flicks, or nose licks are believed to be stress signals for most dogs. I certainly think they are for Summer and Zani. The slightest hint of untoward events and it is Lip Lick City at my house. It is embarrassingly easy to get one on film. All I have to do is walk straight toward either of them with stiff body language and they’ll usually do it. Both of them are incredibly pressure sensitive. (I try to mind my body language on their behalf, but I’m a klutzy human so of course I bother them a couple of times a day by accident.)
Anyway, here is a short movie comparing what I believe to be stress lip licks from both Summer and Zani, contrasted with what I believe is a happy relaxed lip lick from Summer. Both of these lip licks can be seen in the video in Does Your Dog REALLY Want to Be Petted? One lip lick means no, another yes.
So does anybody else’s dog have a “happy lip lick” like Summer?
Discussions coming up:
- “Errorless learning”
- Canine Cognitive Dysfunction
- Is It Really Just a Tap? (shock collar content)