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Karlin
24th May 2008, 11:04 AM
Have a look at this (http://www.wagntrain.com/BodyLanguage.htm) (as well as the second page) -- really helpful for understanding dog body language and what it all might mean. :)

Karlin
24th May 2008, 11:10 AM
It's also worth reposting the link to the ever-useful "He Just Wants to Say Hi" (http://www.flyingdogpress.com/sayhi.html)article. Maybe some of us say this -- and might not realise why it isn't OK. Maybe some of us have been annoyed at others who have dogs, who say this -- here's why you are right to be annoyed. It is a good read.

Ashley
24th May 2008, 01:46 PM
Fantastic links Karlin!

I have a good mind to print that second one and put it through some peoples' doors! :eek::D

Holly
24th May 2008, 01:57 PM
Wow-- that is very interesting! My Tri, Rosalita, is always licking Oliver's lips and face... according to the guide that is a sign of her being submissive to him. I had no idea!

Karlin
24th May 2008, 06:22 PM
Yes, licking another dog's face (or our face) is not a sign of affection, it's an excited greeting and sign of acknowledgment of the dog/person with a higher status. It is a hangover behaviour from puppyhood, when canids lick their parents' mouths to get them to vomit up food for them (sorry, but that is the source of this 'affectionate' gesture to us! Thankfully we are not required to vomit. :lol: ).

Holly
24th May 2008, 11:05 PM
How lovely... thanks for that info! ;) :)

Cathy T
25th May 2008, 12:34 AM
That was really interesting. But, someone please tell Shelby that all the kissing in the world is not going to make me throw up my food for her :D

I really liked the second article.

Caraline
25th May 2008, 06:20 AM
That is an excellent set of images. Everybody (dog owner or no) should be able to interpret dog body language. I am sure it would result in a much lesser bite rate.