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Dog to Dog Communications

When it comes to dog-dog interactions, there is so much about how dogs communicate with one another that people need to know to help keep their dogs emotionally/behaviorally healthy, and physically safe, but most have no idea. People call us nearly every day, worried because their dog "didn't get along" with a dog he's met out on a walk, or at the dog park, etc. In most cases, one of the dogs (often the dog the caller is concerned about) was simply reacting to what he or she perceived as a threat from the other dog. Sadly though, people usually think it's their dog who's got the problem when all s/he was doing was responding normally in canine terms, to an unwelcome advance!

It doesn't matter whether it's a dog park, on walks, or any other environment where your dog encounters other dog/s, the following articles are important in helping you understand that just because your dog "didn't get along" with another dog (or dogs!) doesn't mean there's anything wrong with him. They'll also help you avoid "labeling" dogs (yours and others!) inappropriately and unfairly!

We as humans don't want to interact with, much less "get along" with every person we meet, so please don't expect something so unrealistic from your dog! The following articles will shed light on how we can do a better job as guardians by recognizing signals from our dogs that they're uncomfortable, and how to prevent trouble by keeping them out of situations that leave them no choice but to take matters into their own paws! 

"Aggression" or appropriate response? Read this article to find out:

If you decide to take your dog to a dog park, make sure you're aware of all the risks involved: Dog Parks: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Understanding canine body language can help you know if your dog is really enjoying himself, or not! Keeping your dog safe should be your first priority! See this link for resourceshttps://apdt.com/resource-center/dog-park-body-language/

As always, we hope this is helpful to you and your canine companion, and we encourage you to share with your dog-loving friends and family! 



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