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Kim Ford

My Aussie's, J-Lo and Brodie, enjoying the outdoors. They are siblings born in September of 2007. I had my heart set on a blue merle Aussie and after months of research and exploring I found Brodie. When I went to pick him up I absolutely fell in love with his little sister. Her forever home fell through so three weeks later we went back and the rest is history. This picture was taken early this winter at Flanders Pond in Sullivan, Maine. They love going out on the ice and exploring the islands. They stopped to warm their feet on a rock poking through the ice.

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Reading Your Dog's Body Language

Being able to understand your dog's emotions purely by looking at her is an extremely valuable skill to have. It will allow you to communicate and build a bond with your dog that most owners only imagine. Here are few signs and emotions your dog will communicate, and the body language that gives them away:

  • Submissiveness: head down, breaking eye contact, tail between legs, rolling over to expose the belly.

  • Fear and anxiety: can be displayed through snarling, growling and aggressive behaviour, but also through what looks like "yawning" (this is not always a sign of tiredness). If your dog licks excessively, either itself or something in the environment, this can also be an indicator or anxiety.

  • Playfulness: this is signified by the "play bow," when the dog lowers its front half to the ground while raising its rear end and wagging its tail – sometimes accompanied by a few "Hurry up" growls.

  • Aggression: the obvious signs, such as bared teeth and snarling, give this away. There are more subtle warning signs that let you know aggression may occur in a moment, such as the dog drawing it's ears back flat to its head. This helps you avoid fights when your dog meets another dog for the first time – you can read the body language and see if either dog is on the verge of an aggressive reaction. Watch also for the hackles going up (the ridge of hair along the spine).

  • Happiness or excitement: Aussies have a peculiar aspect to their body language in the form of the "Aussie smile." This is when they bear their teeth and wag their tails (or wiggle their butts) when they get excited – most other breeds don't bear their teeth when they're happy.

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A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.

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