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Canine Body Language

  Understanding dog body language can help you know when it is safe to approach or handle a dog.     Green body language: non-fearful dog  Body posture  Relaxed “soft” muscles, weight evenly distributed, “loose” or “wiggly” body   Tail  Relaxed, neutral position,...

Self-Reported Comprehension Ratings of Dog Behavior by Puppy Owners

Dogs show a range of behaviors that reflect their emotional state. It is important that dog owners recognize these behaviors to accurately assess their dog’s emotional state. We examined dog owners’ self-reported comprehension (SRC) of their dog’s emotional state. Eighty-nine participants attending puppy socialization classes at local veterinary clinics in the Melbourne Metropolitan area, Victoria, Australia, rated their comprehension of their dog’s emotional states (Happy, Sad, Anxious, Angry, Friendly Greeting, and Anxious Greeting) and listed the behaviors they used to judge the emotional state of their dog.