Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Ontario Canada
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There are no truly "submissive" or "dominant/alpha" dogs and by putting these labels on dogs we blind ourselves to all of the
interesting information that the dogs are communicating with its species-typical postures.
Dogs that roll on their back are signaling that they are withdrawing from active, solicitous interaction.
If their limbs and tail are flaccid and their neck is fully exposed, they may invite/tolerate more passive interaction (e.g.
sniffing, petting) from others.
If they tuck their tail and put their paws over their chest and groin, they do not wish to interact, period.
A normal dog recognizes this and withdraws, not because the first dog "submits" to them, but because they are capable of
responding appropriately to the signals " Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
Member of IAABC ,International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants , Member of Pet Professional Guild