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What is my Dog Thinking?


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Introduction Social animals Hierarchy submission (submissive grin) dominance staring tug-of-war playing to win importance of high status Social signalling pricked up ears tail wagging body positions Greetings/interactions with people with other dogs Hunting and food Hunting Playing with toys for chase Running and retrieving Killing games (with squeaky toys) Protecting food, bones, chews, toys Digging Burying bones for later Breeding Territory marking with urine Inter-male aggression Bitch aggression Roaming - finding a mate Mounting & mating behaviour Instinctive care for puppies Staying safe Sleeping Turning round and round in circles before laying down Lip licking Turning away Turning head sideways Choices if in danger freeze run away fight or appease Hackles Alarm barking Growling, snarling, snapping, biting Territory guarding - seeing off the postman Chasing children, joggers Aggression to other dogs Vocalisations Yips Growls Barking Interactions with humans Eye contact - threat, friendly Patting head 'Safe areas' to be stroked Titbits Toys Ticklish spots

About the Author

Gwen Bailey is the Animal Behaviourist for the Blue Cross, Britain's largest animal welfare charity. Gwen is the author of several books about pets including Rescue Dog and The Perfect Puppy.

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