Communication Between Dogs


Willie plays with Lily
Different dogs have different play styles. Read more about this
video and how Lily and Willie communicate in their own ways here.


Lassie Self-handicapping to a Puppy
Watch as Lassie self-handicaps to WIllie when he was a puppy.
Click here to read more about self-handicapping in dogs.


Lassie & Sydney Greet
Healthy play is full of lots of pauses between action. Watch
how often Lassie and Sydney pause as they get to know each
other and begin to play.


Willie, Hope, & Mico Play



Celebrating Labor Day (by Doing Little Labor) September 2023

Got Dogs? (As in, More Than One?) August 2021

Misty & Gypsy’s Visual Signals to Us, Part Two March 2021

What are Misty and Gypsy Telling Us About Stress Signals? March 2021

Keep Walking! (When Introducing New Dogs) June 2020

Introducing a New Dog: Maggie and Willie as a Case Study  April 2014

If I Only Had a Tail…  December 2013

Who is Going to Win? – Video Analysis  August 2013

Ah Youth! The Initiation of Play in Dogs  July 2013

Who is Going to Win? – Video Analysis  August 2013

Mounting By Any Other Name  March 2013

Why do Male Dogs Scent Mark So Much?  March 2013

Play Bows as Meta-Communication – Video Analysis  December 2012

The Obnoxious Pup – Video Analysis  Part I, Part II  November 2012

The Mystery of the Overmarking Express  May 2011

The Power of Pee  May 2011

Tail Wags Translated  May 2010

Aggressively Obsequious  October 2009

“Muzzle Punches,” “Air Snaps” and “Tooth Clacking”  Part I, Part II  October 2009

Scent Marking in Dogs: Lisberg Study #2  March 2009

Scent Marking in Dogs  March 2009




Training Your Dog

Here’s the good news: It’s fun to train your dog! Here’s the bad news: You have to learn how. More good news: It’s not hard to learn. . . and this is a great place to get started.

Behavior & Health

If you’re interested in canine cognition, communication, social systems & nutrition (plus a host of other topics!), look here to start seeing your dog in an entirely new light!

Behavior Problems

Here’s help for dogs of every description, from cautious canines to feisty fidos. Click below for videos, articles, books and DVDs that will help you help your dog.

Finding Resources

Links to other great websites & information on becoming a professional trainer or behaviorist, questions for your veterinarian, and everything in between!


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