Decoding Animal Behavior


ALSO KNOWN AS THE PET WHISPERER. DISTRESS SIGNALS MAY GO UNNOTICED. Reporter: MAN’S BEST FRIEND MAY HAVE MORE ON THEIR MIND THAN GIVEN CREDIT FOR. ANDREA ARDEN HAS SPENT 25 YEARS DECODING DOG BEHAVIOR. SHE FINDS OWNERS MAY BE MISUNDERSTANDING THEIR PET’S PEEVES. THEY HAVE A COMPLICATED AND INTRIGUING WAY OF COMMUNICATING. Reporter: MOST OWNERS CAN READ SIGNALS. NOISES LIKE THIS, HE IS A LITTLE IMPATIENT. AM I BORING YOU? Reporter: BUT IN ORDER TO TRULY UNDERSTAND HOW OUR FURRY FRIENDS ARE FEELING. WE DO THE SAME THING, HAVE YOU BEEN STRESS AND YOU DON’T REALIZE IT, YOU START LOOKING AWAY? IT IS SOMETHING WE DO TO SORT OF CALM THE SITUATION DOWN. Reporter: ANIMALS DO IT, TOO. TAKE A GREETING. IF A DOG FREEZES THEY ARE TELLING THE OTHER PERSON OR ANIMAL TO BACK OFF AND THIS LAB SEEMS TO IN. NOTICE A CLUSTER PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR, SHAKING OFF, LICKING LIPS AND PANTING ALL CAN BE SIGNS OF STRESS. SHAKING OFF SHOULD BE SEEN AS SOMETHING THAT THE DOG DIDN’T LOVE THE EXPERIENCE THAT HAPPENED JUST PRIOR TO IT. Reporter: AND PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE TAIL I DON’T IF YOU SEE A DOG WITH A TAIL WAGGING IN A SOFT, FLOWY WAY THAT DOG IS RELAXED. BUT IF IT IS WAGGING LIKE THIS, SHORT AND SHARP, IT COULD BE THE DOG IS EXPRESSING TENSION. ARDEN SAYS LEARNING MORE ABOUT BEHAVIOR, BODY LANGUAGE AND VOCALIZATION CAN HELP OUR FRIENDS COMMUNICATE IF. IF A DOG BACKS AWAY, DON’T FORCE THE GREETING. LET IT HAVE ITS SPACE. WHAT ABOUT A DOG THAT JUST LICKS YOUR SPACE ALL THE TIME? THEY SAY INSTEAD OF LEANING FORWARD JUST GO DOWN A LITTLE SLOWER FROM A STRAIGHT POSITION. DOESN’T MAKE THE DOG FEEL ANYTHING I CAN’T SHAKING THOUGH.

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