Although dogs and humans have lived together for many centuries, the potential for misunderstanding between the two species remains enormous. Dogs have a remarkably wide range of body language gestures and facial expressions that, while universally understood by their canine counterparts, are often totally misread - or even unnoticed - by their human counterparts. If we only understood our dogs better, there would be far fewer behaviour problems. It is actually a testament to the dog's ability to adapt and read the signals we give off (both consciously and sub-consciously) that it manages to live with humans so successfully. See also Research Papers - Canine Body Language
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