Science & Nature
Understanding Your Dog: Exploring How Dogs Communicate with Us
How well do we understand our dogs? By learning to observe a dog's body language, we can understand it better and become closer to humankind's best friend. (Science/ Nature/ Animals/ Dogs/ Animal Behavior/ Pets)
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We try to get dogs to understand us and listen to us, but how well do we understand them? A dog's body language is a primary means of communication. They talk to us through posture, position, demeanor, movement, and eye contact. Can we learn to understand what they're saying? If we are observant and know some basic dog body language vocabulary, we'll be on our way to better communication with humanity's most faithful companion. Before coming to class, students are encouraged to make a list...
I am a lifelong dog owner, but am not an expert in the field of dog communication. I will therefore source my material for this class from those who are, including: behavioral biologists, (like Karen Pryor, author of Don't Shoot the Dog) scientific studies published in peer reviewed journals, and organizations that specialize in animals and their well-being, such as The Humane Society of the United States. Along with this careful vetting of class content, students and I will discuss our anecdotal records regarding the dogs in our lives, how they seem to be trying to communicate with us, and how we can determine if our understanding of what they're saying may be correct. We'll use scientific thinking in a casual, but careful, way (including: observing, comparing, organizing ideas, predicting, experimenting, evaluating, applying) to think critically about what we observe and work to avoid anthropomorphic thinking, jumping to conclusions without adequate evidence, and other possible types of misunderstandings of our dog's attempts to communicate with us.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Teacher Lia, M.S.Adventures in Learning
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