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Luke has been kind enough to share some additional tips for all of you who couldn't attend the walk, along with some links to helpful information sheets.

Dog body language

Remember, we must first know what our dog is like a relaxed and in a playful state so we can determine if the state they are in now is unrelaxed. When reading a dog’s body language, try to understand the context and look at the whole dog: the tail, ears, body position, eyes, mouth, etc.

Also, think about the breed: their natural body shape and body position, and how that breed interacts and plays – it will differ depending on breed.

More resources on dog behaviour

Canine body language
Reading canine body language: T-E-M-P
Happy dog, worried dog
Body language of fear and aggression 

Therapy for your dog’s noise phobia

Dogs Trust Sounds Scary

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Luke’s Dog School on reading your dog’s body language