Those would be my recommendations as well. On the Calming Signals book, I'd also recommend the video. It's so helpful to see these things in motion. The only thing I didn't like on the video was one place that was supposed to be a look away, but was clearly cued.2 great books on the subject:
Canaine Body Language - A photographic Guide by Brenda Aloff
On Talking Terms With Dogs - Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas
If you want to learn to read dogs then you need to surround yourself with dogs and read about dogs. You won't magically learn to communicate with dogs in a day.No I just what to learn how to read dogs so I can better communicate with my dogs and other dogs im a big fan of the dog whisper big believer in what he does
Usually. I did have a dog relative (wolf named Erin) "bow" at me, and it was definitely testing, not play.Summary:
7. A dog that has his elbows on the ground and butt in the air is doing a playbow. If the forelegs are spread apart, he is probably ready to play. If the forelegs are straight, he may want to play, or may be saying that he is not a threat.
There are about 30 'subtle' behaviors called Calming Signals. And, I believe there are fewer than 100 other behaviors.