Body Language & Communication

Canine communication is the most important thing that any dog owner or pet professional can learn. Through careful observation of body posture and other subtle signals, you can effectively determine what your dog is trying to tell you. Fluency in the language of dogs can promote greater safety, more effective handling, and deeper, more satisfying relationships. 

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The Complete List of Calming Signals
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Open to download resource. This downloadable, printable guide gives you a visual list of the calming signals we discuss in the video lesson located in this subscription.
The Complete List of Calming Signals Quiz
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3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass
Calming Signals Video
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Open to view video. Calming signals are a fantastic way to see stress in a dog, and they will change the way you look at canines for the rest of your life.
Calming Signals Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail Calming signals are a fantastic way to see stress in a dog, and they will change the way you look at canines for the rest of your life.
Body Language Basics Video
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Open to view video. Canine communication is the most important thing that any dog owner or pet professional can learn. Through careful observation of body posture and other subtle signals, you can effectively determine what your dog is trying to tell you. Fluency in the language of dogs can promote greater safety, more effective handling, and deeper, more satisfying relationships. This module will cover such topics as body posture, tail position, and facial expressions.
Body Language Basics Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass Canine communication is the most important thing that any dog owner or pet professional can learn. Through careful observation of body posture and other subtle signals, you can effectively determine what your dog is trying to tell you. Fluency in the language of dogs can promote greater safety, more effective handling, and deeper, more satisfying relationships. This module will cover such topics as body posture, tail position, and facial expressions
Safe Greetings Video
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Open to view video. Loving dogs means being aware of their needs and creating an environment of trust and a culture of safety around our interactions with them. Determining approachability by observing body language and paying attention to stress signals before greeting any dog will help keep everyone safe.
Safe Greetings Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail Loving dogs means being aware of their needs and creating an environment of trust and a culture of safety around our interactions with them. Determining approachability by observing body language and paying attention to stress signals before greeting any dog will help keep everyone safe.
Aggression 101 Video
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Open to view video. A basic understanding of canine aggression -what it is, what it looks like, and what to do about it -is essential to staying safe around dogs in any setting.
Aggression 101 Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail A basic understanding of canine aggression -what it is, what it looks like, and what to do about it -is essential to staying safe around dogs in any setting.
Guide to Aggression Types
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Open to download resource. This downloadable, printable guide gives you an overview of common types of aggression seen in pet dogs. Please note: This document is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat any behavior problem. If you are seeing aggressive behavior in an animal, please consult a certified professional dog trainer or behaviorist who has experience with aggression.
Guide to Agression Types Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail This downloadable, printable guide gives you an overview of common types of aggression seen in pet dogs. Please note:This document is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat any behavior problem. If you are seeing aggressive behavior in an animal, please consult a certified professional dog trainer or behaviorist who has experience with aggression.
What is Resource Guarding? Video
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Open to view video. In this lesson, we give an overview of this common behavior problem, what it means, and what you can do about it.
What is Resource Guarding Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail In this lesson, we give an overview of this common behavior problem, what it means, and what you can do about it.
Nose-to-Tail Check Video
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Open to view video. When interacting with dogs, the ability to assess a dog quickly from nose-to-tail is essential for keeping everyone safe. This lesson covers the basic factors that go into making quick, overall evaluations of dogs.
Nose-to-Tail Check Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail When interacting with dogs, the ability to assess a dog quickly from nose-to-tail is essential for keeping everyone safe. This lesson covers the basic factors that go into making quick, overall evaluations of dogs.
Predatory Motor Patterns Video
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Open to view video. Do you wonder how dogs do the jobs they were bred to do? Are you interested in what makes them tick? This is a great place to start!
Predatory Motor Patterns Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail Do you wonder how dogs do the jobs they were bred to do? Are you interested in what makes them tick? This is a great place to start!
What is Normal Behavior? Video
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Open to view video. As pet professionals and animal lovers, we often focus on the abnormal behaviors we see. However, it’s equally important to understand what normal behavior really means. In this lesson, you will gain a basic understanding of normal behavior.
What is Normal Behavior Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail As pet professionals and animal lovers, we often focus on the abnormal behaviors we see. However, it’s equally important to understand what normal behavior really means. In this lesson, you will gain a basic understanding of normal behavior.
Canine Scent Communication Video
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Open to view video. Dogs send communication by depositing scents in the environment. In this lesson, we explore some of the basic ways in which dogs use scent to communicate!
Canine Scent Communication Quiz
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3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail Dogs send communication by depositing scents in the environment. In this lesson, we explore some of the basic ways in which dogs use scent to communicate!
Canine Sound Communication Video
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Open to view video. In this lesson, we explore the incredible ways in which dogs use sound to communicate!
Canine Sound Communication Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail In this lesson, we explore the incredible ways in which dogs use sound to communicate!
Are Dogs Really Wolves? Video
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Open to view video. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there regarding dogs and wolves, and the differences and similarities between them. In this lesson, we hope to provide some clarity and a framework for thinking about this very important topic!
Are Dogs Really Wolves? Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail There is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there regarding dogs and wolves, and the differences and similarities between them. In this lesson, we hope to provide some clarity and a framework for thinking about this very important topic!
Defining Dominance: Myths vs. Realities Video
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Open to view video. Dominance has become a buzzword in the world of pets. In this lesson, we’ll take an unbiased, scientific approach to tackling myths, truths and defining what dominance actually is.
Defining Dominance: Myths vs Realities Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail Dominance has become a buzzword in the world of pets. In this lesson, we’ll take an unbiased, scientific approach to tackling myths, truths and defining what dominance actually is.
Fear, Anxiety & Phobia Defined Video
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Open to view video. Fear is a very big topic and a concept not to take lightly. In this lesson, we give you an introduction to fear, anxiety and phobia, and what distinguishes one from the others.
Fear, Anxiety & Phobia Defined Quiz
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3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail Fear is a very big topic and a concept not to take lightly. In this lesson, we give you an introduction to fear, anxiety and phobia, and what distinguishes one from the others.
Arousal & Threshold Video
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Open to view video. What does it mean when we say a dog is aroused or over threshold? In this lesson, we introduce the concepts of arousal and thresholds, and why it’s important to be aware of these when working or living with dogs.
Arousal & Threshold Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail What does it mean when we say a dog is aroused or over threshold? In this lesson, we introduce the concepts of arousal and thresholds, and why it’s important to be aware of these when working or living with dogs.
Bite Levels: What They Are & What They Mean Video
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Open to view video. All dogs have a sharp end, and there is an inherent danger involved with working and living with them. This lesson will focus on how to use a scale to evaluate the severity of bites and why we do it this way.
Bite Levels: what They Are & What They Mean Quiz
4 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/4 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
4 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/4 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail All dogs have a sharp end, and there is an inherent danger involved with working and living with them. This lesson will focus on how to use a scale to evaluate the severity of bites and why we do it this way.
Reading Body Language in a Fearful Dog Video
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Open to view video. Fear is a natural and necessary response to a perceived threat. However, in dogs, fear can lead to aggression. Recognizing signs of fear helps keep you and others safe, and allows you the opportunity to advocate for the fearful dog to help them feel more secure. In this lesson, we break down fearful body language from head to tail.
Reading Body Language in a Fearful Dog Quiz
4 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/4 points to pass
4 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/4 points to pass
Reading Body Language of Arousal & Aggression Video
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Open to view video. Recognizing arousal and aggression absolutely helps keep you and others safe, and allows you the opportunity to identify, avoid and deescalate potentially or overtly dangerous situations. This lesson breaks down the body language of arousal and aggression from head to tail.
Reading body Language of Arousal & Aggression Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail Recognizing arousal and aggression absolutely helps keep you and others safe, and allows you the opportunity to identify, avoid and deescalate potentially or overtly dangerous situations. This lesson breaks down the body language of arousal and aggression from head to tail.
Hump Day: Why Dogs Mount & What to Do About It
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Open to download resource. Perhaps the most embarrassing behavior a dog can display is mounting or humping. Unfortunately, dogs don’t share our sense of shame. Let’s talk about the real motivation behind this behavior and what can be done about it!
Hump Day: Why Dogs Mount & What To Do About it Quiz
4 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/4 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
4 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/4 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail Perhaps the most embarrassing behavior a dog can display is mounting or humping. Unfortunately, dogs don’t share our sense of shame. Let’s talk about the real motivation behind this behavior and what can be done about it!
What is socialization? Video
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Open to view video. Socialization is a concept that is often misunderstood when it comes to dogs. So what is it and how does it happen? This lesson covers all the basics of socialization!
What is Socialization Quiz
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail Socialization is a concept that is often misunderstood when it comes to dogs. So what is it and how does it happen? This lesson covers all the basics of socialization!
Why Dogs Bark Video
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Open to view video. Barking is a part of life with dogs. But why do they do it? Understanding the motivation behind barks is the first step to knowing how to stop unwanted barking behavior.
Why Dogs Bark Quiz
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5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/5 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail Barking is a part of life with dogs. But why do they do it? Understanding the motivation behind barks is the first step to knowing how to stop unwanted
How to Deal with Barking Video
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Open to view video. In this lesson, we’ll talk about general ways to combat problem barking behavior as well as how to address the types of barkers we learned about in our last lesson.
How to Deal with Barking Dog Quiz
4 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/4 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail
4 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/4 points to pass  |  Graded as Pass/Fail In this lesson, we’ll talk about general ways to combat problem barking behavior as well as how to address the types of barkers we learned about in our last lesson.
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