My dog bows to me!

  • beaujangle

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    Jul 28, 2012 11:58 AM GMT
    My late dog bowed to me. But some of my friends said that it's not a bow but a stretch.

    If you have dogs, what do you think? She did that each time she saw me. So I take it as a greeting from her.


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    Jul 28, 2012 12:14 PM GMT
    Dogs & wolves have submission gestures they use with the Alpha Male of the pack, such as a lowering or "bowing" movement, especially when rejoining the pack after an absence. Many domesticated dogs will treat their human owner as an Alpha, and it's also why they act so excited when we return home, as they replicate pack behavior. Conversely, it's also why many cats don't act that way, barely noticing your return, unless they're hungry.

    The other response I noted when she came into your presence was a lot of scratching. Have you considered a flea collar - for yourself? icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 28, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    Damn. I hate to think that for all those years all those guys were just stretching.
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    Jul 28, 2012 9:07 PM GMT
    Is doggie speak for, "Let's Play!!!"
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    Jul 28, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    That's a bow. My dog would stretch, but that looks like a bow to me.
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    Jul 28, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
    That's a natural play bow which you've trained your puppy to execute on cue.





    ooops, just saw turbo's. yep. he got it first. you win the doggie treat.

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    Jul 28, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    haha my dog does exactly the same thing!!! I thought it was a stretch because he just waits for me to come home all day lol
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    Jul 28, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidDogs & wolves have submission gestures they use with the Alpha Male of the pack, such as a lowering or "bowing" movement, especially when rejoining the pack after an absence. Many domesticated dogs will treat their human owner as an Alpha, and it's also why they act so excited when we return home, as they replicate pack behavior. Conversely, it's also why many cats don't act that way, barely noticing your return, unless they're hungry.

    The other response I noted when she came into your presence was a lot of scratching. Have you considered a flea collar - for yourself? icon_wink.gif


    I Agreeicon_biggrin.gif .

    I miss my dog icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 28, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
    Well, ya, it can be just a stretch too. Especially when they've just snuck off the couch right before you open the door. Who? Me? I'm just stretching. What'd'ya think I was doing?
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    Jul 28, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
    That's a "Play Bow". Dogs communicate with each other through smell and body language. Since you cannot communicate through smell (unless you fart in his face) you need to learn what a dog's body language is about.

    Yawning can mean he's nervous. A bow means he wants to play. Ears twitching back in unison means he's expecting you to react to him. A stare means he's challenging you, unless he's in a lower position than you or laying down, then he's imprinting.
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    Jul 29, 2012 6:01 AM GMT
    To me that looked like a bow, especially the fact that her tail was wagging.

    My dogs, however, only stretch... Because they're all lazy asses and only get up to stretch when I stand up to go to a different room... That's all they do, follow me, then lie down. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 29, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidIs doggie speak for, "Let's Play!!!"
    This*
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    Jul 29, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidIs doggie speak for, "Let's Play!!!"


    +1 more.. Typical excited "happy to see you -lets play" bow.