Interesting Behavior Exchanges Between Dogs
My two boys get on great. This morning I walk in and they were engaged in some very interesting behavior exchanges and I am hoping some one may be able to help me sort it out.
Finder (Husky) was licking Cafall's (GSD) ears. Which I always took as a sign of submission from the dog doing the licking. However, the entire time Finder was nosing around his ears, Cafall was licking his own lips -- something I associate with calming signals. If being shown submission, would Cafall need to send out calming signals? Also, during this whole exchange they both a paw laid over each others necks. Again, I would have thought it a dominance display, but did they equal each other out...?
Nothing reactionary came out of this morning's little cuddle fest and I didn't interrupt them. I'm just a bit curious as to what the whole picture, with all the signs put together, might mean to them. Any behaviorists have any thoughts?
Cleaning the ears is affection not necessarily submission; I would say the same with the paws over each other.
There are no hard and fast rules regarding dominance. Lots of research shows that it is very fluid and changing.
Just because a behavior CAN be a sign of dominance doesn't mean that it is ALWAYS a sign of dominance or if it is, that it's bad.
Thanks Gsdraven! That's a great point and def something I'll keep in mind.
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