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  • Tails of Marin: Some dog breeds can be harder to read

    We all enjoy watching dogs play with each other, and most people instinctively know when dogs are being nice or when things are getting out of hand. But sometimes it's hard to tell, particularly with some breeds.

    When a Rottweiler is angry he may not show it, whereas a German shepherd is likely to announce all his intentions to the world.

    Some of the most interesting things about our canine companions are their differences — in temperament, breed and behavior. Of course, they are all individuals first, but they are also members of a breed or breed mix, and a species.

    When you're reading dogs, you try to take everything into consideration — body type, ears, mouth, eyes and tail. Because dogs are social animals, they need to communicate to their family and others — people and dogs.

    Consider the Labrador retriever. This breed was bred to cooperate with people to bring game to hunters. When hunting was necessary, this was a very valuable behavior, saving the hunters time as well as a great deal of discomfort. Because of this, labs have a tendency to be very connected to their owners "... and extremely communicative. Labs telegraph their feeling — you know when a lab is happy. Labs also have to have boundless, enthusiastic energy, which they needed in order to work all day, often in very cold water.

    Border collies are also very communicative, but they can be more difficult to read, at least until you now them. Their piercing stare is aimed at controlling their "flock," whether it's sheep, geese or people. Because of that — the instinct to lock on other organisms — a border collie can seem very threatening when he isn't at all.

    Another thing that gets in the way of dog communication is the appearance of different breeds. A chow chow might think it is conveying information, but its mane is likely to interfere with its intentions and it may well be misunderstood.

    Dogs that are all one color — particularly black — have more difficulty signaling their intentions. Wolves naturally have a "mask." Their eyes are distinct from other parts of their muzzles. In fact, their muzzles are often a different shade than other facial features.

    Then there's hair. We have many breeds that have developed hair that flops over their eyes. While hair can be a barrier to protect eyes from sun and brambles, too much can make it very difficult for us or other dogs to figure out what's going on inside.

    Next time you visit a dog park, pay attention to the way dogs look and the way they communicate with one another.

    Trish King is the instructor for the Canine Behavior Academy at the Marin Humane Society and teaches courses in canine behavior.

    Actually, watching a dog like a bouvier makes one understand just how much information we get from a dog's eyes. Bouviers are all one color — often grey or black — and their hair covers their eyes completely.

    When we dock dogs' tails or crop their ears, we obstruct their communicative skills — it's much more difficult to see a wagging stump of a tail than a long one (By the way, a wagging tail does not necessarily mean that a dog is friendly — a very angry dog also may wag its tail).

    Next time you visit a dog park, pay attention to the way dogs look and the way they communicate with one another. It's fascinating to see how quickly some dogs seem to figure out the others' language "... and how some can't quite figure out what another dog is talking about.
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    Last edited by Philip; 09-30-2012, 06:54 AM. Reason: No generic links allowed

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    Re: Tails of Marin: Some dog breeds can be harder to read

    I HAVE A PUPPY Shih Tzu. And I want to talk about this breed.
    Dog of breed shih-tzu, in spite of its extremely beautiful, decorative toy and not a toy dog. Shih Tzu - a companion dog with an unusual character. Do Shih Tzu at home more often than not it is pronounced master, they share a love between all members of the house. Shih Tzu do not like loneliness and relentlessly follow their owners wherever they went. Even asleep, for any movement of the host, the Shih Tzu is not too lazy to wake up, get up, and as a soldier to follow his master. Because of its attachment to the people Shih Tzu is an ideal companion for the elderly and lonely people.
    Shih Tzu are strongly attached to the people in my life, they pay more attention and be more interested in people than dogs.
    Shih Tzu dogs are sturdy, have a strong constitution and can move a lot of weight in proportion to their stature, especially when you compare their power rates with dogs of similar size. Despite its strength, guard dogs, they are not due to the small size and gentle, and loving nature.
    Puppies and young Shih Tzu is not a good companion for the little kids because they see them as their own kind and try frantically to play with them. Shih Tzu can be domestic dogs and not to walk in the street, especially bearing in mind that in adulthood their long hair can supply them and their owners a lot of troubles and problems. Shih Tzu amenable to learning and can cope in the tray. Although often considered a Shih Tzu silent dogs, they bark loudly, sometimes from an early age. When the owner leaves them home alone, leaving the host is usually accompanied neskolkominutnym whining and crying, but did not bark. Shih Tzu is very playful and can tirelessly long run and play with the owner, though there are more peaceful individual. --------------------------- -------

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