What are your dog’s behavioral communication cues?

July 21, 2014 18 comments
Buddy, Kolar and Tari vying for the ball. #sheltieplaydate

Sheltie play date – Buddy, Kolar and Tari

On Saturday, Cupcake, Daisy (our flat-coated Sheltie a.k.a. Lab), and Jasper attended a Sheltie play date with some other Shelties, including many from Minnesota Sheltie Rescue. It was a great chance to see all of them in motion, playing and chasing one another and obsessing over tennis balls needing to be tossed.

During the playdate, Jasper and Daisy had the chance to meet some children who came with their own little Sheltie, Joey. The kids did really well interacting with all the dogs and became quite the hit when they willingly threw the tennis ball for all the dogs – over and over again.

At one point, during all the playing and chasing, I noticed that the little girl was sitting in front of Jasper and was doing something with his paw. I couldn’t see exactly what, but I wanted to make sure everything was okay, so I asked her what she was doing. She said “I’m shaking his paw.”

It took me a second to realize what she meant. Then I started laughing. Jasper was lifting his paw and pawing at the her. Of course, she thought he wanted to shake paws (and, why shouldn’t she? Isn’t that what most dogs do?).

“He doesn’t know how to shake paws yet.” I said, “He wants you to rub his belly.” She immediately started scratching his belly. I laughed when Jasper practically fell over on his side so she could give him a quality belly rub. Silly dog.

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Might I have a treat please?

It wasn’t until later that I realized how many of those behavioral communication cues my dogs give me. I’m not talking about the behavioral cues that most dogs use in communicating with other dogs, but the ones they use to let us know they want something. Behavioral communication cues like Daisy pacing back and forth between her kennel and the living room, her tail wagging wildly, which means she wants to go outside. Or, when Maggie paces back and forth in the living room and looks around as if she is looking for something. She really is looking for something. It is her cue to me that she needs more water in her dish. Or, when Jasper paces up and down the hallway, circles the coffee table, and goes back to pacing in the hallway. This is his signal that he needs to go outside and it is super urgent.

All my dogs (and Maggie) seem to have cues for a wide variety of things. Daisy and Jasper will paw at me when they want belly rubs, but Daisy will also sit at the other end of the couch, give me “the look,” and thump her tail. Maggie will glance at me over and over again and then move a little closer to me when she wants a bite of my peanut butter toast in the morning. Cupcake will put her paws on my lap and paw at me when she wants to go outside. She will also bark when she is excited and cannot contain it any longer. Dinner and treat time seem to be her most favorite times of the day. :)

There are at least 20 other behavioral communication cues I can think of where one or more of my dogs are telling me something without speaking. Yes, they’ve got me trained, but when think about it, I am glad they have these cues. It makes it a lot easier to meet their needs (and mine) when we can speak a similar language. Don’t you think?

So tell me, what are some behavioral communication cues your dogs give you? What does your dog do that tells you he or she needs or wants something?

Daisy. Giving me "the look".

Daisy. Giving me “the look”.

Favorite Video Friday – Tennis Balls: A doggie obsession

July 18, 2014 14 comments

It appears that Jasper is not alone in his ball obsession. Do I dare get him this?

I’m going to let you vote. What do you think? Yay or nay?

Happy Friday everyone!

Wordless Wednesday #196 – The amazing Jasper

July 16, 2014 10 comments

Favorite Video Friday – The cats took over and left me these two videos

July 10, 2014 5 comments

Boy! This was a tough week for finding truly awesome and stupendous and downright dog videos. i searched high and low and in between, but all I came up with was cats. Yes. Cats.

So, I said to myself, why not go with it? Cats it is!

This week I have two cat videos that are sure yo make you giggle, laugh, guffaw and well… pee your pants. No, really.  (Wait. You mean that was just me?)

Anyways, this week I found some truly awesome dog cat videos that I just know you are going to love!

Happy Friday everyone!

Be More DOG

Shiny penny! Shiny penny!

Wordless Wednesday #195 – At the Watering Hole

July 9, 2014 11 comments

Black and White Sunday #90 – Dog in a Hot Car

July 6, 2014 21 comments

I took this photo with the intention of calling the police. Fortunately, the owner came back before that happened.

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My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

Unfortunately, WordPress.com doesn’t allow Java script so I can’t provide a direct link to the linky, but you can join here.

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Favorite Video Friday – Heading to the beach!

July 3, 2014 10 comments

This week’s Favorite Friday video just happens to fall on a special holiday (and my birthday), Independence Day. It’s a day to celebrate America, her founders, her people and those who have defended it over the years.

Today, I decided to combine a video with some pictures. I hope you enjoy them and the day. Seems like the perfect day to hit the beach and hang out with family and friends, doesn’t it? :)

Wishing you a Happy 4th of July and a great Friday!
Be safe and keep your dogs safe.

 

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Happy Independence Day 2

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