Originally Posted by Storm-smith1989
No problem on moving the thread sorry about that!!
Dvd looks interesting i have not seen it no but will look into getting it looks very interesting!!
Okay so leadership is key!
One thing with Turid's DVD and also with her book about the same subject. I found it sometimes confusing in that my dog would be doing something mentioned inher book, i.e. sniffing the ground and it often turned out that he was doing just that - sniffing, with no other meaning (nothing to send a calming signal about!).
Or sometimes when we were playing - I would reach for him and he would turn his head and show me a lot of "White eye" (indicating scared or nervous or like that) - not the case since he would next instant jump back into playing!
So what i am saying is that if you try to interpret your dogs "body language", it is a very good thing but it is also necessary to look at the whole dog AND the environment and the situation before being able to interpret what your dog is trying to tell you.
It is NOT necessarilly easy to "speak dog".
For example, I had an experienced pro trainer tell me that my then 2.5 yo male GSD "was nervous and very anxious" because he would try to sniff the floor when we left him on a long down at the end of the long leash.
All of his other signs - i.e. hackles, open mouth, tounge hanging way out of his mouth, ears calm, body posture very relaxed were indicating a totally relaxed dog who just smelled something good on the ground in front of him!