what does it mean if a dog has its ears behind its head when walking - Page 1

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by xPyrotechnic on 12 October 2020 - 00:10

by ThatWasClose on 12 October 2020 - 03:10

Note the handler does not attempt to keep his hand from whacking the ear of the dog, as most handlers do. Dog tended to lay down the whacked right ear first, before the left ear.

This dog also walks much further ahead than many dogs. I would too to keep my ear from constantly being whacked by that hand. I would think it would not feel so great.

Also, same as with horses ears back at a mounted the rider, it can mean they are listening & focusing on the rider for next cue/command/order to be given. So this dogs ears being back is focusing on this well behind handler to verbally give the dog the next eagerly awaited command.

by Hired Dog on 12 October 2020 - 04:10

In this case, submission, that is it.

by ValK on 12 October 2020 - 18:10

pay attention not only to ears but also overall visually expressed behavior toward handler/opponent/stranger/etc.
in that video obvious choleric, highly impulsive type of dog, who received lots of physical corrections during training thus is in permanent state of expectation for correction from his handler.

by xPyrotechnic on 12 October 2020 - 21:10

yes i noticed that she kept on looking at the handler like she was waiting for a correction or something especially in the hold and bark

by Nans gsd on 12 October 2020 - 22:10

Handling could be better. Nice girl though.

by ValK on 13 October 2020 - 11:10

Nans, for sure different people have different idea what is a good dog. from practical point this dog in video is a problematic dog due to its hyperactive temperament and impulsiveness, which have dictated method of handling, you refer to as "could be better".
dog, purposed to be working dog, beside drives must have efficient brain and that will be manifested in calmness, selfcontrol and selfconfidence during tasks execution. dog in video lacking those qualities. all dog's behavior demonstrates too much dependency on handler's guidance and input. it's like, if put in human's words, dog constantly looking at handler and say "i apologize, do i do that correct?"

by xPyrotechnic on 14 October 2020 - 00:10

is it possible that this dog could have been a self confident dog but due to the training method it has lost its confidence

by Hired Dog on 14 October 2020 - 04:10

The dog has not lost confidence, it is simply indicating submission like I said earlier, to the handler. That could be because of certain training methods or because of its genetic temperament and no one can answer your question without actually knowing the dog.

by xPyrotechnic on 14 October 2020 - 05:10

Thanks for the helpful responses


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