How to cross the communication divide; what they mean is not always what you think.
February 2016 -
Imagine reaching out to shake someones hand, says Tufts animal behaviorist Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, and the person grabs you by the shoulders and kisses you on the lips. That level of social discomfort is what a dog might feel if he comes up to get a whiff of you, and you bend down to his face and start petting his head. From the dogs point of view, its much too intimate a response. By walking over to sniff you, hes just making an assessment, studying you while he tips his hat, so to