by Turid Rugaas
A simple guide to learning, recognizing and returning body language that your dog understands. Dogs, being pack animals, have many methods for communication. The quickest and most effective method is through the use of body language. Dogs will always attempt to be comfortable in any situation, and this book shows you what they are telling you they need to achieve that comfort environment.
In this second edition of "On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals", three chapters have been added, and the illustrations have been replaced with photographs.
(Second Edition, Copyright 2006, Paperback, 78 pages, 5 1/2 inches x 8 inches)
"Dogs, being flock animals, have a language for communication with each other. Canine language in general consists of a large variety of signals using body, face, ears, tail, sounds, movement, and expression. The dog's innate ability to signal is easily lost or reinforced through life's experiences. ...Most noteworthy of all canine signals are the calming signals, which are used to maintain a healthy social hierarchy and resolution of conflict with the flock. These are skills which, when carried over to our own interactions with dogs, can be highly beneficial to our relationship. Dogs have the ability to calm themselves in the face of a shock (fearful or stressful situation) and to calm each other as well" -- Turid Rugaas
Companion DVD: In the 48 minute video, you can see calming signals in action. Turid explains each as they are happening. You'll also get to see Turid's own dogs as well as many others (including border collies, tervuren, leonberger, and more) interacting with each other and humans. While watching it we recognized many of the calming signals our own dogs use on a daily basis. A must have!