Teach me how to speak dog
June 5, 2012 9:09 AM Subscribe
Help me understand dogs.
posted by rhythm and booze to pets & animals (40 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Dogs (pitbulls) have suddenly become part of my daily life. My neighbors have them and my coworkers have them. I like dogs, but sometimes they confuse me. I didn't grow up around them, so I don't know how to treat them or interpret their behavior. I don't know how to play with them and I don't know how to be firm with them.
Could you recommend some resources (sites, videos, books) that would teach more me more about dog behavior and how I should behave around them?
For instance, what does it mean if they are growling at you AND wagging their tails?
If a dog nips at you when you are playing with it, what do you do? I usually go limp and stop playing, but I don't know if there's a better way to handle it.
If two large dogs are fighting, what do you do? I'm 5'3'' and female, if it matters.