Calming Signals: What Your Dog Tells You
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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.
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.
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.
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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She knows dogs. Her video is very educational for anyone with dogs. I know a lot but I learned more. This isn't common sense stuff. I'm glad I took the time to watch it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by rose ferguson
excellent quick read. makes alot of sense and it does work with my dogs.Published 12 months ago by Silver
This is my favorite book for dog behavior. A must read. All of her books and DVDs are great!Published 14 months ago by KLP
We work with many different dogs through our rescue group. This video has information we didn't know and was very helpful!Published 19 months ago by Rescue Dog Lover
Turid Rugaas is a genius. I have used calming signals to calm my dogs a meal time, to get them to stop pulling on the leash, and to get them to stop barking at other dogs when... Read morePublished 19 months ago by joschmo