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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dogwise Publishing
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1929242271
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,236 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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She is obviously a loving dog owner but also a good teacher.
Raymond Holderman
I found the DVD Calming signals very informative and certainly helped/s me with daily encounters with dogs as an animal behaviourist.
L. Van Den Heuvel
The book was always a good read, the updated version being so much better with the photos and the extra bits she has added.
Gillian Shippen

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Shippen on July 30, 2008
Turid Rugaas opened the door and set the ball rolling on the science of reading canine body language. The book was always a good read, the updated version being so much better with the photos and the extra bits she has added. The DVD is a little amaturish but I feel provides a good compliment to the book for those kenetic types that need to have something to look at rather than just read about.
Turid may not present things in a glossy manner (in fact I feel she is self effacing) but she is passionate with what she does. Going by the improvement she has made with the book - perhaps she will update that video soon too but I didn't have a problem with the video as I felt it helped me connect with the book even better.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Redmond Geek on December 3, 2010
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This DVD is mostly useful as a a set of "live illustrations" of the ideas in the author's book, On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals. Videos are better than still images at demonstrating her points about dog communication.

The video quality isn't great, but that doesn't interfere with the learning experience. (From the timestamps on the image, it's obvious that this is a transfer from a rather old VHS tape.)

Much more annoying is the fact that the entire DVD consists of a single 45-minute scene. There are no scene markers and no menu, so the only way to navigate through the video is to use the "fast forward" button. This makes it very difficult to review particular behaviors. For an instructional DVD, the complete lack of random access is a serious flaw.

My only complaint about the content is that Rugaas presents the individual behaviors as if they always occur in isolation. In reality, a lot of "doggy signals" appear in clusters -- and this can help to disambiguate in situations where the dog's meaning isn't clear.

Overall, I like Rugaas's approach to dog interaction. I found the book and DVD to be helpful, but I probably would not have gotten as much out of the DVD by itself.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Hurley on April 7, 2008
Turid Rugaas's Calming Signals was to me the keys to the kingdom. my dogs are so much happier now that i understand so much more about what they are telling me. i have told many people about this remarkable work. it's really incredible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Kavanaugh on May 26, 2010
I recommend this for ANYONE who has a dog. Even if your dog is practically perfect, it will teach you what to look for with other dogs with the calm and quiet signals they are tossing out all the time and we 'stupid' humans miss. We all see the barking, growling, fighting, but miss the 5 minutes prior that the dogs were TRYING to calm the situation down to work things out.

Plus there are easy calm things we can do to help the situation or make it worse. BUY THE DVD! Really shows us what to look for with tons of real dogs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol B2 on March 30, 2010
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I have not seen a video that so educated me in a short period of time. I have been working with dogs my whole life, and the author showed me things I never new of before. She is a gentle and insightful trainer. We could all benefit from watching her video.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Gorman on October 10, 2010
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I thought this dvd was quite useful and informative. Although I see what another reviewer said about the dvd looking a bit amateurish or old fashioned, I really don't see that it matters - the content is what matters and what Tugrid teaches about spotting the signs of anxiety in dogs and how to curb it is as relevant today as it was 5 or 10 years ago and will still be relevant 100 years from now. I certainly found it worth buying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Van Den Heuvel on June 2, 2008
I found the DVD Calming signals very informative and certainly helped/s me with daily encounters with dogs as an animal behaviourist.Very worthwhile
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adriana on June 14, 2011
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What Turid Rugaas has to say is invaluable for people wanting better understanding between them and their dogs. We misinterpret dogs' calming signals as signs of excitement or other, but this DVD is really helpful to identify and understand our dogs.

Where this DVD could use some updating is in the editing, sound, and the addition of a menu or chapters. The DVD is really primitive and the music is awful to the point of distraction and humor. That said, it served its purpose. The DVD is about 45 minutes long, but could really be edited down to 25 if they would have been more succinct in some of the sequences intended to illustrate certain signals. So the price is really high for such a short DVD, but the information is good. Also check out the accompanying book that she wrote. I'd suggest reading it before and reading again after watching the DVD. It helped clarify some points from the book.
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