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Teaching Your Labrador Calming Signals

Important points:

Labs use their body language all the time to communicate everything. From their intentions, their emotions and their status to the dogs around them. Labs do not have 1000′s of words in their vocabulary so they use body language far more to get their message across.

Calming signals are specifically used to tell another dog, calm down, I am not a threat, I am not a danger.

Here is a list of some commonly used calming signals:

  • Avoiding direct eye contact
  • Looking away
  • Sniffing the ground
  • Turning their back and walking away
  • Yawning


Just because one dog is giving off calming signals does not mean the other dog either understands them or is going to take any notice! The very fact that they need to be given should alert you that the other dog is not calm. You have been warned!



That’s it for the fourth free installment of our Lab Training Video Series. Join us next time when we present another great Top Lab Tip: “Chewing and The Redirect”.

Look out for it.

Til then, love your Lab!.


My name is Joan Gouldie and I run the "Labrador" Fan Club where I share my favorite Labrador info and pics daily.

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