nicole wrote:what about "shaking off" ?
I've seen dogs do this after play fighting gets a little out of hand. I'll break it up, and my dogs will shake off (like they have water on them) almost as if to "shake off" bad energy and any tension.
furever_pit wrote:Great thread! I'll have to try using some of these signals to calm some of the dogs at work. I'd never thought of that.
I'd like to add one thing though. Yes, the paw lifting is used as a calming signal. However, it is also important to be aware of the fact that when a dog lifts its paw and places it on you that this is a sign of dominance.
I know that when Dylan lifts his paw it is a dominance thing 99% of the time. He doesn't do this to me so much anymore because he's getting the picture but he does it to everyone else. They all think he's being friendly but I know what's really going on...once he gets his paw on you you're fighting an uphill battle if you want any respect. But that's just my dog.
TheRedQueen wrote:I just see it as an attention getting device, not as a "dominance" move. Dogs do what works...and hey, raking claws down your leg sure does get attention!
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