Here is our most favorite story of how “calming signals” helped to recover a lost (skittish) dog. Feel free to share this video with dog owners when you’re trying to explain WHY they should use calming signals (why they should SIT DOWN) and why they should NOT STAND, LOOK AT, or CALL their lost dog!
“Calming signals” is a term coined by Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas to group a large number of behavior patterns that she says dogs use to avoid conflict, to prevent aggression, to calm other dogs down and to communicate information to other dogs and to people. MAR trained individuals use calming signals to try and lure instead of chase a lost or panicked dog to safety.
To learn more about lost or panicked dogs visit our Lost Dog Behavior page.
**Video Courtesy of KSBW 8 News