I have grouped all my posts and videos that deal with dog body language on this page. Some of the topics include dogs being petted, body pressure, resource guarding, play, dog relaxation, and stress and fear signals.
Blog Posts with Videos or Photos
Shelter Pup Smiles from “FEAR” After She’s Adopted This is an analysis of a viral video that claims that a scared puppy doing a submissive grin is “smiling” because she was adopted. Feel free to post it whenever you see misinformation about smiling dogs.
Finding the Joy in Agility Comparison of Summer’s demeanor and body language in an early agility trial with her body language after she had learned—through training—to love it. In the early trial, she was cooperative but not delighted. In the later trial and other video clips she was having a blast.
Does Your Dog REALLY Want to Be Petted? Discussion of dog body language that indicates whether or not a dog is enjoying being petted. Includes a video showing two dogs being petted, one of whom is enjoying it and the other of whom is not. Discusses the concept of a Consent Test, a way to tell if a dog is really enjoying something or just putting up with it.
Dogs Who Like to Be Petted or Touched Video resources showing dogs who are enjoying being petted. Includes puppy Clara at 6 and 14 months, and YouTube videos of many different dogs.
Before You Share that “Cute” Dog and Baby Picture… A mini- rant about the foolishness of sharing dog and baby pictures where the baby is too close to the dog and unprotected, and usually doing something to annoy it. If we could read dog body language better, we would not think most of these are cute at all.
You’e Too Close! Dogs and Body Pressure Discussion of dogs having their own “space bubble” or personal space, and how they have different senses to others entering their space. Video comparison of dogs with two very different responses.
Dog Facial Expressions: Stress Labeled photos of Clara, my feral dog, at a vet visit. One of my top viewed posts ever. These photos may be used for educational demonstrations. I like it when you tell me about it.
The Right Words, Revealed How still photos of dog body language can be misleading.
Is My Dog a Drama Queen? Photos of Zani looking moderately stressed—is she stressed or not?
The Look of Fear A video and short discussion of an episode where Zani clearly showed fear of Summer, who was in her crate. I missed the incident but recorded the fallout.
Is that “Smiling” Dog Happy? Pairs of photos of my own dogs with their mouths open. In each pair, one shows the dog relaxed and happy (smiling), and the other, even though the dog’s mouth is open, shows the dog exhibiting stress.
Lip Licks! A comparison of two types of lip licks by dogs. One type is apparently stress related, but the other type probably isn’t.
Dog/Dog Resource Guarding in Slow Motion Slow motion footage of my dogs resource guarding against each other without declining into actual violence.
Which Dog is Resource Guarding? A comparison of two photos, both of which show guarding behaviors. One dog is playing, however. Can you tell which one?
Who Was Resource Guarding? The answer to the question posed in the previous post, along with a discussion of why we need to take resource guarding seriously.
Dog Body Language: Intruder in the Yard! Zani was very bothered by something in the yard that a human may not have even noticed.
Shock Training Session Video Analysis A second by second analysis of the body language of a dog being trained with the use of a shock collar. (The video has since been removed. Transcript and commentary on the session wherein the dog was shocked 70+ times in 9 minutes is still available.)
Wordless Wednesday: Dog Body Language Study A brief interaction regarding custody of a ball by two of my dogs, and some lively comments.
Contest! The Faces of Summer A whole butt-load of photos of Summer comprising an impossible “match the situation to the photo” contest. Summer’s face is extremely expressive, though.
Contest Results and the Curse of Knowledge A much more useful rendition of the photos that shows their context and describes the situation of each one.
How Can She Possibly be Eating? A video and discussion of the fact that Clara can still take treats while very stressed and over threshold.
Shut Down Dogs (Part 1) Regarding the cultural confusion that says that dogs who are frozen or shut down from pain or fear are actually calm. Includes a video of my dog Zani during a fear episode.
Shut Down Dogs (Part 2) Continuing the discussion about the confusion between shut down, apathetic dogs and calm and relaxed ones. Has two videos: one a compilation of many YouTube clips of miserable dogs being called “calm” and “relaxed,” (difficult to watch) and the other a compilation of dogs being trained truly to relax with positive reinforcement.
Share My Successes; Share My Failures Has some extremely slow motion footage and stills of my small dog exhibiting stress about being picked up.
How My Dogs Play Features a clip of Clara and Zani playing. Even though the play features a lot of snarling and “bitey-face,” I think it is wholesome and safe (about as safe as dog play can be between two different sized dogs). Good examples of self-handicapping by Clara, the bigger dog.
What is Summer Saying? Observing a Bark Slow motion footage of two small barks by Summer reveals quite a bit.
Please Go Away: Dog Body Language Study: An invitation to play that never got off the ground.
Body Language Study: Fear and What Else?: What’s going on with Summer, Clara, and the mystery critter?
More Body Language Posts
There are more than 30 more on the blog. Here’s an archival list.
YouTube Videos (without blog commentary)
Dog Turning Circles A video showing the early and later stages of Cricket’s circling behavior when she had canine cognitive dysfunction (dog dementia).
Clara Relaxes A video of an ad hoc training session where I reinforce gradually more and more relaxed behaviors from puppy Clara.
Negative vs Positive Reinforcement A video of my dogs’ very different responses to being taught to perform a behavior with both negative and positive reinforcement.
Canine Cognitive Dysfunction This article has a lot of pictures and videos of canine cognitive dysfunction behaviors. Also lists typical symptoms and has some hints for living with a dog with dementia.
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