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Calming Signals: What Your Dog Tells You (2006)

Turid Rugaas , Turid Rugaas  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Turid Rugaas
  • Directors: Turid Rugaas
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • 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
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PGTF32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,638 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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Invaluable! The insightful observations of Turid Rugaas can help all of us have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with our dogs. This belongs in the home of dog lovers everywhere. --Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. author, The Other End of the Leash, Cautious Canine, Feeling Outnumbered and more

I personally owe Turid a great debt because her work validated my observations that dogs are trying very hard to talk to us. Her book provided the confidence to continue watching and interpreting. What a lovely gift! --Brenda Aloff author of Aggression In Dogs and Canine Body Language, A Photographic Guide

Turid has a wonderful gift of making everything so easy to understand and relate to... (she has made) an enormous contribution to mankind in our ever-increasing knowledge of man s best friend our dogs. --Pamela Dennison author of Complete Idiot s Guide to Positive Dog Training and Bringing Light to Shadow. A Dog Trainer s Diary

I personally owe Turid a great debt because her work validated my observations that dogs are trying very hard to talk to us. Her book provided the confidence to continue watching and interpreting. What a lovely gift! --Brenda Aloff author of Aggression In Dogs and Canine Body Language, A Photographic Guide

Turid has a wonderful gift of making everything so easy to understand and relate to... (she has made) an enormous contribution to mankind in our ever-increasing knowledge of man s best friend our dogs. --Pamela Dennison author of Complete Idiot s Guide to Positive Dog Training and Bringing Light to Shadow. A Dog Trainer s Diary

Product Description

Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas is a noted expert on canine body language, notably calming signals which are signals dogs give other dogs and humans that denote stress. These are dogs attempt to defuse situations that otherwise might result in fights or aggression. The DVD shows footage of many calming signals, how dogs use them, and how you can use them to calm your dog. This is the DVD format and companion to the popular book, On Talking Terms with Dogs. Note - this is not a professionally filmed DVD rather one done by dedicated amateur dog people; however, it does a good job of illustrating the canine body language subjects it addresses.

Become a keen observer of canine behavior at home, in the community and among dogs to get better behavior and build a solid relationship.
Learn to identify situations that are stressful to your dog so that you can resolve or avoid them.
Filmed by the author in lovely outdoor settings, see the signals in action while Turid narrates.

Customer Reviews

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Obvious August 2, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Every dog trainer should be able to read the dog's body language.Most dog owners can interpret their dog's obvious signals.Turid's video goes beyond the obvious.She brings into focus the subtle messages dogs are using to communicate. Signals that are mostly overlooked or misinterpreted. Dogs are individuals and no single training method works for every dog. The key to adapting the training to the dog lies in understanding what the dog tells us about his emotional state. Thus making training fun, safe and successful. A 45 minute video cannot provide the indepth education of a 3-day seminar. It is literally an eyeopener and the foundation for a better understanding of our best friends.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Philosophy for Dog Trainers and Dog Lovers June 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This tape is getting a lot of use by me, my daughter, and our local dog trainer. It gives a new slant on canine behavior, such as how to read signals before the raised hackles and growl, or how to defuse a tense situation. Much of the video is home type and little grainy, and the sound sometimes disturbed by wind. However, the content is excellent for anyone who wants to better understand and react with dogs.
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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
Format:DVD
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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10 of 10 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
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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
Format:DVD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to your dog March 30, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a dog, you need this... December 30, 2008
Format:DVD
Watching this DVD has really helped me understand the very quiet signs my dog was giving me. Before watching this, I always thought a dog wagged their tail when they were happy !! Little did I know that there was much more to the tail wag then meets the eye!

Turid Rugaas's calming signals book was great, but it was so much better to see actual visuals of what she was describing. This is a great purchase and will help you increase the bond between you and your dogs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 5 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 7 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 8 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 10 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 10 months ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book companion
I like this because it provides the visual part of the book. I find it easier to understand and it leaves no doubt as to what the author is talking about in the book.
Published 11 months ago by Teasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video
I highly recommend this video to anyone that wants to actually see the signals to look for in your dog that will give you insight into his/her thinking. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Phillip E. Perrault
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