I was thrilled to be able to apply some of the knowledge you shared in this session in observing the dogs in this Thai rescue I’m at for another 3 weeks, half-way through my stay.
In particular, Lola is a chronic troublemaker and had a clearly kinked tail. Even in a relaxed state, she seems to a slightly kinked baseline, though.
Here are some short clips, looking for conflict and relaxed:
Posted the link on its own to see if I could embed the video
My service dog does the shake off when she gets out off the car
I was wondering what your thoughts are on the “shake off” being a sign of stress release. In my experience, I’ve noticed that they tend to shake off after something stressful happens, or after going through something a little more difficult to handle. I often encourage dogs to shake off, like the guy in the video was, as I’ve found it to be like us taking a deep breath during a tough situation.
Where can I find the body language charts and pics you’ve shown here during the stream to print out and study for future reference? Thanks.
I notice the shake off happens as an “exhale” after a bout of excitement….or a change in environment. Kind of like like a “whew”
Factor in tail-wagging direction: (this is a popularization written by Stanley Coren. It’s well summarizes 2 scientific studies)
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