Thursday, March 4, 2010

Book Review: Calming Signals

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals
By Turid Rugaas

How would you feel if you tried to make up with your significant other by preparing a lovely candlelight dinner and they got even angrier with you instead?

Calming signals are an important part of the dog body language. They are designed to calm the other party in order to avoid conflicts. Avoiding serious confrontations is a crucial survival skill.

Dogs use calming signals communicating with each other, and they use them when communicating with us. Unlike dogs, who recognize and understand them readily, we often misinterpret them as acts of defiance. How often your dog might be trying his hardest to calm you, only to your further annoyance?

Why is understanding dog calming signals important?

First, it will really improve your relationship with your dog and save you and your dog a lot of stress. It will also help you to better understand dog to dog communication and it might even help you to keep your dog out of trouble.

Not only that calming signals work when your dog is communicating to another dog, and in the ideal scenario when he's communicating to you, but you can also use them yourself to calm your dog.

There are at least 30 different calming signals dogs use.

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals presents calming signals by an easy to understand commentary accompanied by photographs of dogs using different calming signals in different situations. It explains the importance of calming signals, when and how they are used, and how this applies to our life with dogs. This little book was and eye-opener for me and it really helped me understand my dog better.

I too used to get annoyed and angry when my dog was trying to calm me. The harder my dog tried, the more annoyed I was, which made my dog try harder … It was a no win situation. Now we have much better understanding of each other and it made our lives much happier.

It's a tiny little book, it won't take up too much of your time to read it, and trust me, it will be worth it.

Jana
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