I have to learn the dog language

Dogish, the language of dogs

The Zehlendorfer - the magazine for the southwest of Berlin "Nov / Dec 2012

Dogish, the language of dogs

Dogs are not only faster on their four legs than we are, their conversation is also brisk than ours, before we even notice anything. Have you already clarified everything among yourself.

Dogs have their own communication signals. Your language is clear and precise. Dogs are always honest and consistent in this. Their language is diverse in its form of expression and much of it is often closed to us humans. That is why there are always misinterpretations which, in particularly bad cases, can lead to bite accidents.

Dogs communicate through olfactory signals. While we humans live in a world of images, dogs learn a lot of their environment through their noses. He is even able to travel back in time using his smell. He smells what has already happened in a place.

Dogs use vocal signals. Whether barking, yowling, whining, growling or howling, it can get very loud. There are several reasons why dogs bark: out of nervousness, fear, frustration, or simply to get attention. High frequencies stand for fear or joy, while low frequencies stand for threat.

Dogs signal themselves through body language. When a dog grows up, it doesn't want something. His body language is formed into an overall expression through signals in facial expressions and the body.

Touch also plays a major role.The so-called tactile communication consists of the sense of touch and the physical perception of touch, vibration, temperature, pressure and tension. Body contact is so much more than symbolism than many people think.

Dog language is first and foremost a foreign language for humans. To understand dogs properly, you have to learn them. If you master the dog language, you get a deep insight into the soul of our four-legged social partner. At the beginning there is an interest in really wanting to understand dogs. Let's just keep in mind that dogs have been trying to understand us humans for around 12,000 years. It is time we slowly followed suit with him.

Man's best friend speaks a clear language. A small gesture, a look, a stiff posture or a growl is enough and the encounter is over. If the dog's language is taken into account and people are more responsive to it, there is also less misunderstanding and thus less biting. Many of the arguments can be traced back to a lack of knowledge of typical dog behavior and misinterpretations of their signals.

Dogs perceive impacts from above as unpleasant to threatening. When meeting them, this means that one should neither make oneself tall nor bend over them. Both of these have an extremely threatening effect on the dog - especially if he does not know his counterpart.

Staring and fixating also has a conflictual effect on a dog. He can feel challenged or threatened. So it is better not to look too deeply into the eyes of a strange dog. Look more at his body signals or focus on his ears or muzzle. Here, too, you can learn from the dogs. A clear turning away of the head, smacking and licking lips signals no readiness for conflict. Signals that you as a human can easily apply to the dog.

So if you are scared of dogs and do not want contact, just ignore the dog and just pretend it isn't there. According to the three monkeys I don't see him, I don't hear him and I don't even speak to him.

The expert: Enrico Lombardi

First, he trained drug detection and explosive dog teams with the German Armed Forces. His detailed training was liked with the expertise. ยง II Paragraph 1 No. 8 f TierSchG certified. For over a decade he has been a freelance dog trainer with his dog and owner service agency DOGCOACH. Lombardi is an expert (dog expert) and from the competent authorities of the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-V. recognized and active for the acceptance of the proficiency test and the preparation of a negative report. Numerous media reports and ultimately his book publication made him known beyond the Berlin borders, especially as an expert and dog trainer. Lombardi is a member of PET A e. V. supports the goals of uncovering cruelty to animals and educating the public as well as enabling every animal to have a life that is fair to its species. Enrico is the author of the book "The Perfect Family Dog", published in October 201 I by BLV Verlag. In it, he answers practical everyday questions about the ideal Farnilien dog.

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