Caring for Rescued Ex-Street Dogs

Caring for Rescued Ex-Street Dogs

How many times have you seen a photo online of a terrified dog at a shelter, or straight off a transport van, being held tightly by a total stranger? The human, smiling, full of joy to meet their new canine companion….the dog is wide-eyed, ears back, desperately turning her head away, panting, with tongue hanging out. The comments underneath saying things like ‘she’s so happy’ and ‘she’s smiling‘, show how far removed many of us humans are from understanding how the dog is really feeling.

You might be a new adopter, caring for your very first dog or you might have decades of canine experience behind you, either way it’s really important that we all understand what our dogs are communicating to us!


This information on canine body language isn’t just for full blown dog geeks! If you care for a dog, foster for a charity, carry out home checks, or volunteer at your local animal shelter, please read the following links, watch the short videos, and share them with your friends, family and colleagues. If you work for an animal charity you might even want to print some of them out and give them to new adopters?


Lots of dogs tolerate being petted but don’t really enjoy it. Learn to read dogs’ body language signals and do a simple test to see if your dog really enjoys petting, or is just putting up with it. More info at my blog: http://eileenanddogs.com

Does Your Dog REALLY Want to be Petted? from eileenanddogs

Bite prevention starts with understand what a dog is trying to say! Please help us spread the word!! If you’re a trainer, a vet, a breeder or you work for a rescue org – you have our permission to share this information (just please be kind enough to link back to our website: thefamilydog.com.

Dog Body Language – What your dog is desperately trying to tell you!

The behaviours in this video are to always be read in context. It is very unlikely to see just one stress signal, you will see several together to interpret the dog’s behaviour. Unfortunately, some of the behaviours that dogs do to show they are stressed are also very similar to behaviours that they do when they are completely calm (similar to people saying ‘I’m fine!’ when they are most definitely not fine!), so it can be difficult to fully interpret their communication. As with all behaviour, it’s fluid, so you need to look at the dog as a whole, and, most importantly, is the dog choosing to approach, or keeping it’s distance. That will tell you a lot about what you need to know.

11 Subtle Signs Your Dog is Stressed! From Nanci Creedon

Learn how to read dog body language to keep your friends and family from becoming a dog bite statistic.

Dog Bite Prevention, from Jill Breitner

This video goes over very BASIC dog body language. This video is meant to give a brief overview of what it means when your dog does a certain behaviour. Dog communication is one of the most misunderstood part of dogs and humans and causes tremendous amounts of problem for both species. If you can take a few parts of this video and apply it to your life and better understanding your dog you will have a more fulfilled relationship with your four legged pal.

Understanding Dog Body Language – Learn how to read dogs behavior better from Kris Crestejo

77% of dog bites come from a friend’s dog or the family’s very own dog. We want to change that number. Please share the video to EVERYONE you know to help protect kids and keep dogs safe too. Go to Stop the 77 for more information. Created by thefamilydog.com

Dog bite prevention video for families everywhere