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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Dog Bite Prevention Movie - Don't Get Bit!

I ran into this site while doing a search for dog related videos. This is a basic 'how to read dog' dog bite prevention movie -- Learn to Speak Dog video.

I watched the 14 MB version and think (from a deaf perspective) that it's a good cautionary primer and probably ideal for use with kids. There's some text overlay, which makes it useful for deaf folk too - although the video itself is not captioned. Hard of hearing or deaf people cannot hear a dog growl but only observe the dog's expression and body language. Kid will tend not to have the level of self control that comes with maturity (usually) so they tend to act on impulse, and I think the vid will be helpful because reading a dog becomes more interactive for them.

I think it is a start in the right direction but have a few reservations. Different dogs will express themselves somewhat differently so I think for many dog folk, the material may be a bit too simplistic but I think it's definitely a start in the right direction for many who do not 'read' dog at all.

The happy canine smile is a great thing to recognize. A tense dog cannot smile because its face is not relaxed. But just because a dog is not smiling doesn't mean that there is stress.

Same for yawns (depending on the scenario), and with my dogs -expressive little sneezes. Some dogs yawn loudly when they are impatient and excited and HAPPY -- and are sort of telling their person, "COME ON, let's get STARTED!!" Funny because some expressive yawners come from the same family. I've known several Salukis that are this way, really exaggeraged loud yawning. Some of my Anatolians do this with a flourish, a quivering shake of the head at the end of their yawn. LOL :rotfl:

Mine tend to do the little sneezes of happiness when speaking privately to another person or dog. The expressive yawn might take place in a more public display.

Anxiety yawning is rather situational, and mine will do this if they are annoyed sometimes. Like if I am trying out some collars on them and they would rather be doing their own thing at the moment, so it can be an expression of impatient annoyance - like a child that fidgets and whines when you try to clean them up, do their hair or adjust their clothes. Generally if the dog doesn't know you or has reason not to trust you, or is worried about a situation, you can see quick and rather quiet yawns in these situations.

I think when one isn't familiar with a particular dog, the film does have a good bit of merit. And if it saves people from getting into a bad situation with a dog, I think the film is a great one. I can't evaluate the film well since I'm not a hearing person and don't know what is being said in the film. Does it make dogs seem scary? Or does it advise in a positive manner?

Semavi Lady woofed at @ 8/08/2006 05:00:00 AM | Permanent link | (0) Comments

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