Editorial Reviews. Review. This new revised edition is a must have! Even if you own the On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals by [Rugaas, Turid]. CALMING SIGNALS – The Art of Survival. Turid Rugaas. For species who live in packs, it’s important to be able to communicate clearly with one another. Calming signals is a term coined by Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas to describe the signals used by dogs to communicate with each other. According to .

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Calming signals – Wikipedia

Humans can use it too to calm down slightly stressed dogs. But other dogs see it, understand it and respond to it. People can use this too by lying down if the dog is getting too excited.

That may be enough for him to want to calm you down by walking slowly. What signals dog use depends on the dog.

Calming Signals – The Art of Survival

When the dog is taken by surprise or takes someone by surprise, he will turn away quickly. If your dog wants to stop or move slowly in a situation like that, then let him. The term has been used by other canine behaviour experts to explain dog behaviour. When someone is approaching a dog from the front, he will probably turn away in one of these ways. Dogs, when given a chance, will walk in curves around each other.


We rugaz often see this when dogs are chasing cats. All dog knows all the signals. According to Rugaas, the following is a list of some typical situations that dogs are naturally uncomfortable with and try to communicate their discomfort with calming tudid. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There are around 30 of them, and many have yet to be described.

If you keep the leash loose and let the dog decide, you will often see that the dog chooses to walk away instead of getting hysterical. Some signalx act like puppies, jumping around and act silly, throwing sticks around, etc. Dark coloured dogs are likely to lick their lips as a calming signal. In most cases, this signal will make the other dog calm down.

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A meeting situation between two dogs will usually be something like this: For instance, a dog may urinate at the same time as he is turning his back to something.


A dog from Japan would be understood by an elkhound who lives in an isolated valley in Norway. Any signal is always returned with a signal.

Calming signals

When the dog is taken by surprise or take someone by surprise, he will turn away quickly. Does he give you any calming signals when coming? The more anxious or aggressive the dog is, the wider you make the curve. How to listen to your dog: Their instincts tell them that it is wrong to approach someone like that.

Going down with front legs in a bowing position can be an invitation to play if the dog is moving legs from side to side in a playful manner.

Home About me Who is Turid Rugaas? And we get a dog who is barking and lunging at other dogs, and eventually we sinals an aggressive dog. Views Read Edit View history.

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