Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Beautiful Pacific NW
I don't remember. I think someone posted them on Facebook or something.
When you go through life - dog-oriented, so to speak - you'll find out that probably 80-90% of people out there simply ignore dog body language. They carry on as if the dog is a piece of fur and bones, nothing more.
Meanwhile dogs are trying desperately to communicate with us, and if we ignore them, they can and do "escalate" into a bite or nip.
You'll learn that most if not all dog bites can be prevented by people learning to read dog body language.
For instance, a child is bitten. When you ask the parent what was going on, either they were in another room, or they were there, and they say "The child was trying to hug/kiss the dog".
Well, sure, we all hope our dogs wouldn't bite in response to "affection" from a child, but then again, when you view the "how to greet a dog", you'll see not all dogs enjoy hugs, etc., from us humans. Why? Because dogs don't hug each other!
When they do wrap a paw around another, it's an act of dominance and may precipitate a fight! You learn that by watching them play and interact from puppyhood on.
Dog parks are good places to observe dog body language, even if you don't bring your own dog there. You can see what body language leads up to a fight.
Anyway back to the child - when a child hugs or kisses a dog not familiar to them, it's very likely to lead to an injury because dogs just don't appreciate that familiar of behavior, and also, again, in dog language, it means something totally different.
If an alien landed on our planet, would you go up to said alien and hug it around the neck to say hello? Or would you bother to try to learn it's language so it knew you were not a threat?
As humans we tend to assume dogs "speak our language" and they "know we are nice" or "not a threat", this is another assumption that gets people bitten. With kids, humans use the logic "Well, it's a child and obviously not a threat so why would the dog see it that way?"
But dogs are not people and we need to know their body language, and methods of communicating with each other, to be good owners.