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What is your dog saying?

Dogs communicate all the time with people, other dogs, and other animals.

Stress yawnA growl might stop you in your tracks, but do you notice a yawn?

Dogs speak with their bodies. They use tails, ears, mouth movement, eyes, posture, and vocalization to signal their intent (let's play!) and display emotions like stress.

Communication signals are designed to:

  • Increase distance from something/someone (move away from me, please)
  • Decrease distance to something/someone (come closer!)
  • Express politeness and social manners
  • Show friendliness and interest in play
  • Resolve conflict
  • Express fear or reluctance
  • Indicate pain or discomfort
  • Express joy!

Come learn how to listen better to your dog, and to "speak" dog back!

Join Mittsy Voiles, B.A., CPDT-KA, Behaviorist for the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic for a workshop on understanding dog body language. (Please note that this workshop is for humans only.)

When: Monday, May 15, 2017, 6-8pm

Where: We'll meet in the Community Education room at the Humane Society of Jefferson County's new building (W6127 Kiesling Road, Jefferson, WI 53549). The session is free, but please consider bringing an item from the shelter's wishlist or a cash donation.

RSVP: We'd love to know how many people are planning to attend, so we can set up the room accordingly. Please contact the shelter by phone at 920-674-2048, or email [email protected], or sign up on the HSJC Facebook page. See you there!

This event is co-sponsored by the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic and the Humane Society of Jefferson County.