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Calming Signals: What Your Dog Tells You

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • 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 (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1929242271
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good combination - I just love Turid Rugaas 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful Adjunct to Her Book - No Menu or Scene Markers 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
5.0 out of 5 stars calming signals 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to your dog 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful, but dated June 14, 2011
By Adriana
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most enlightening 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 1 day ago by Cirrabi
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a regular lending library :)
I did not buy this book for myself, as I already practice the techniques/calming signals which is the subject of this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Turtlewoman
5.0 out of 5 stars there is no one better on calming signals than Turid
this trainer knows dogs - and explains clearly how they communicate. anyone who wants to "talk" to their dog in dog language will learn from this DVD.
Published 4 months ago by walterco-sd
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it!
Dogs way of communicating to each other in their language. Not all dogs have good dog signals, but having one dog that does can bridge the barrier for one that doesn't
Published 4 months ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Turid - the pioneer
A great introduction to dog language; extremely important to understanding dog-dog communication, dog-Human communication, and essential to being safe around dogs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maggie May
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad choice
This DVD was recommended by a dog trainer. What a waste of time and money. The activities with the dogs take place in controlled sttings - not real life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by beverlysav
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Read & Well Worth It
This book is great for anyone: from first time dog owners to experienced trainers. It is a straightforward, practical, and extraordinarily insightful guide to basic canine body... Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. Dolch
5.0 out of 5 stars Calming Signals: What Your Dog Tells You, excellent
Calming Signals: What Your Dog Tells You is a fantastic book. My daughter was glancing at my book & was amazed that rather than just teaching how to train your dog to sit, stay,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sandra
2.0 out of 5 stars Monkey
A monkey knows the things turid rugaas "teaches" you in this DVD. This did not assist me at all with my dog.
Published 13 months ago by Heather Ainsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Information
Really got a ton of good information for training my scaredy cat Yorkie! Need to watch it several times more it is so fulll of information!
Published 13 months ago by Julie
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