Social Interaction

Social interaction includes interactions between the dog and a person, the dog with another dog, or a dog with other dogs in a playgroup.

We want to ensure a positive experience in each type of interaction. One way is to encourage play behaviour. Common signs of play behaviour include:

  • Eyes squinty or almond shaped
  • Body loose and wiggly
  • Play bow
  • Elbow bends
  • Tail neutral (parallel to spine)to low (below spine)
  • Long, sweeping tail wag
  • Play mouthing or play biting
  • Grooming behaviours such as nibbling or play flea-biting

For additional information and a more detailed description of each piece of body language of play, see ASPCA’s Body Language.

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