Understanding your dog

Dog behaviour is complex - every dog has its own unique personality and mixture of prior experiences which influence how he or she responds to each situation. The articles below will give you some tips and insights into understanding what he or she does and why!

Does 'dominance' have relevance in modern dog behaviour?

By Admin | behaviour, social

The idea that dog behaviour is motivated by 'dominance' has been around for a long time. However, research over the past 20 years suggests that this is not a good way of explaining the behaviour of our dogs. Appreciating how the science has changed and what this means practically is important because the misplaced idea that dogs are trying to achieve status influences how people choose to train and interact with their dogs, and can have a massive impact on welfare. Read on to discover how our understanding of dog behaviour has changed.

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Communication between dogs

By Admin | behaviour, communication, social

When our dogs meet another of their own species, how does each know what the other is thinking? Why do some dogs bark and lunge when they meet other dogs, or try to run away? Why might our dogs want to play with some dogs and not others?

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How do our dogs see us?

By Admin | behaviour, social

When we look at our dog’s eyes gazing in our direction, we might wonder what they are thinking about us. Why do they listen to us sometimes, and not others? Why might they want to cuddle up to us when we are feeling sad, or want to play with us and share our homes?

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