DogSpeak - improving communication between you and your canine

  • A Dog’s Lip Lick (Or The Nose Lick Or The Tongue Flick)

    A Dog’s Lip Lick (Or The Nose Lick Or The Tongue Flick)

    Unless you're dangling a treat over his head or he's sitting in front of his food dish, the lip licking you see Fido offering is very likely dog talk.

  • DogSpeak: Dogs and the guilty look

    DogSpeak: Dogs and the guilty look

    You arrive home and a lamp's been knocked on the floor; you automatically think the dog is to blame, and call his name. The dog detects your tone and acts accordingly.

  • DogSpeak: On-leash greeting

    DogSpeak: On-leash greeting

    Dogs love to run free and race the zoomies. Their play is full of starts, stops, pauses, and play agains! During play, dogs are talking to one another with play bows, head turns, ear and mouth positioning, lifted paws and loads of other DogSpeak. When on leash, a dog’s freedom to intermingle naturally is stunted […]

  • Dog greetings: What’s really going on

    Dog greetings: What’s really going on

    Have you ever seen two friends or family members reunite? The emotional greeting usually involves hugs with happy, loud voices, pats on the back, and arms around one another. In some cases, there’s even a spank on the bottom or noogie to the head. Now, compare that type of greeting to a first time meet […]

  • DogSpeak: Scratching, translated

    DogSpeak: Scratching, translated

    When a dog scratches, owners often scratch too! We scratch our head wondering what’s causing our dog to itch. Is it fleas? Does he have a skin irritation? Maybe allergies? Any of the above can cause your dog to becoming itchy, resulting in some scratching. Stress, frustration, or excitement can also cause a dog to […]

  • DogSpeak translated: The head turn

    DogSpeak translated: The head turn

    Dog-language expert Colleen Safford, who studies non-verbal dog communication, reveals what it means when a dog turns its head. Is it camera shy or annoyed?

  • The body shake: translated

    The body shake: translated

    After a dog has experienced anxiety or something it found to be intense, it will shake its body, as if it just exited a pool and is shaking off water; it's a calming action.

  • DogSpeak: Dog yawning, translated

    DogSpeak: Dog yawning, translated

    Dog-language expert Colleen Safford examines dog yawning and what it means for pet owners in this latest installment of DogSpeak — what non-verbal canine cues mean. 

  • DogSpeak: Improving communication between you and your canine

    DogSpeak: Improving communication between you and your canine

    Canine body language has been studied by researchers and scientists for years. Dogs are equipped with this very reliable and consistent language to help them communicate their intentions to one another. Their primary goal in using their language is to reduce and resolve conflict. Imagine that! How very civil of them! Dogs use this very […]

  • DogSpeak: Whale eye, translated

    DogSpeak: Whale eye, translated

    What is whale eye or half moon eye? A term used to describe a dog’s eyes when the white portion (sclera) is showing at the corners and/or rim. Remember that dogs use their language primarily to resolve and diffuse conflict. When they offer these signals, it’s in response to something that we or another dog […]

  • Embrace your dog, just not literally

    Embrace your dog, just not literally

    Over the decades we have embraced (and I mean this literally) our dogs just as we do our family.