Giving dogs space to disagree gracefully
3 Jan 2023
What does respectful disagreement look like in dogs. Do we give our dogs opportunity to learn this? We focus so much on teaching dogs how to play, that we forget that healthy social relationships are also about knowing how to decline play and how and when to walk away from it.
Dog Knows book
Dogs are usually thought of as obedient, loyal animals, but we don’t always pay attention to their wide range of personality attributes and vast repertoire of communication signals. Dogs not only have advanced and nuanced ways of reaching out to other members of their own species but have evolved specialized skills to ‘converse’ with humans as well.
Dog Knows documents the journeys of several dogs, helping us decode the rich, complex social and emotional lives of dogs. What does it mean when a dog is not making eye contact, or is growling softly? How do street dogs learn to cope with fear, or pick up community skills – and how can our pet dogs learn the same?
“The markedly different approach that Sindhoor offers, compared to other dog books in the market, sends out a clear and understandable message. The book mirrors the changing times, wherein the world is taking a more ethical and accepting view of animals and focusing their well-being, something that is often missing in traditional dog training.”