We read together. Turid Rugos “Dialogue with dogs: signals of reconciliation”
Today in our section “Reading together” is a review of the book by the world-famous specialist, the Norwegian dog trainer Thurid Rugos “Dialogue with dogs: signals of reconciliation”.
The book begins with the story of Vesla, “the most intolerable dog,” according to the author. It was she who “taught” Thurid Rugos that even if the dog forgot the language of her species, she could be taught this again. And this revelation marked the beginning of the work of Thurid Rugos and changed the style of life.
Turid Rugos writes that the signals of reconciliation are “life insurance”. Dogs, like their forefathers, wolves, use these signals to prevent conflicts. These signals also help dogs calm down, which means they can reduce stress. Finally, with the help of these signals, the dog speaks of his peaceful intentions and makes friends with both relatives and people.
What are these signals? This is about 30 movements. Here are some of them:
- Arc approach.
- Turning the head away from the "interlocutor."
- Softening the look.
- Turn sideways or back.
- Licking the nose.
- Sniffing the earth.
- Slowdown, slowdown.
- Game bow.
- The dog is sitting down.
- The dog lies down.
- One dog separates the other two, standing between them.
- Tail wagging. However, other body signals must be considered here.
- Attempts to seem smaller.
- Licking the muzzle of another dog (or human face).
- Squinted eyes.
- Raised paw.
These signals are often fleeting, so that people must learn to notice and recognize them. In addition, dogs of different appearances use such signals in different ways. But at the same time, any dog will understand the reconciliation signals of both the other dog and the person.
To learn how to "read" the reconciliation signals of dogs, you need to watch them. The more and thoughtfully you observe, the better you understand these amazing animals.
Tyurid Rugos also writes about what stress is, what effect it has on dogs and how you can help dogs cope with stress.
If a person learns to use reconciliation signals in communication with a dog, he will greatly facilitate his life. For example, when teaching a dog the "Sit" or "Lie" commands, do not hang over the pet. Instead, you can sit on the ground or turn to the dog sideways.
Do not use a short leash and pull the leash.
Stroke the dog with slow movements.
Do not try to hug dogs, especially unfamiliar dogs.
Remember that a direct approach and an outstretched hand can cause discomfort in the dog. Get closer to the dog in a breeze.
Finally, Thurid Rougos settles on the well-known myth that a person should “seek” the position of a leader over a dog. But this is a harmful myth that spoiled the life of many animals. The dog must be treated as a parent, and this is the most natural state of affairs. After all, the puppy trusts you and expects care from you. Training must be gradual.
To raise a balanced, good dog, the author is convinced, it is necessary to ensure her peace of mind and treat her in a friendly and patient manner.
Remember: you always have a choice between aggression (punishment) and understanding with your pet. If you want your dog to respect you, respect her.
About the Author: Thurid Rugos - Norwegian expert dog handler, President of the European Association of Dog Trainers, PDTE.