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Do you know what a hip or rear-end nudge from your dog means?

No, it’s not a sign of ‘dominance’ as old school trainers may have us believe, it is probably the very opposite. It’s a sign of friendliness and showing peaceful intentions.

“Dog owners often think their dogs are pushy or impolite when they turn their backs to them, sometimes even pushing them. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

A hip nudge is the behaviour a dog shows when it nudges another with its hip or rear end. Dogs often use this sort of behavior towards people, typically during greeting ceremonies when we show the dog passive friendliness by crouching down to it. The dog will then walk towards us, turn round and either nudge us gently with its hip or rear end, or stand passively with its back turned to us.” (Roger Abrantes).  If you would like to know more, click here.

Here is one of the many stories of dogs I have been to where the owners have learnt how important it is to be able to read their dog’s body language.

Theo Stewart, “The Dog Lady” and Director of the ISCP.

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