Dogs’ Body Language Relevant to Learning Achievement
Azabu University School of Veterinary Medicine, 1-17-71, Fuchinobe, Chuo-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 252-5201, Japan
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Current affiliation: Animal Life Solutions, Inc., 16-6, Ibukino, Midori-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 226-0028, Japan
Received: 7 November 2013 / Revised: 10 February 2014 / Accepted: 10 February 2014 / Published: 27 February 2014
For humans and dogs to live together amiably, dog training is required, and a lack of obedience training is significantly related to the prevalence of certain behavioral problems. To train efficiently, it is important that the trainer/owner ascertains the learning level of the dog. Understanding the dog’s body language helps humans understand the animal’s emotions. This study evaluated the posture of certain dog body parts during operant conditioning. Our findings suggest that certain postures were related to the dog’s learning level during operant conditioning. Being aware of these postures could be helpful to understand canine emotion during learning.