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August 20, 2007

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Ella

Great article! I'm going to try this with my CKC spaniels - they can be a real pain sometimes when I'm trying to work on my laptop!!

But I wonder if you can answer a question; it's one that I've tried hard to find the answer to, but so far with no success.
I have three dogs. At night, they all get into their baskets to go to bed when I go upstairs for the night. I like to "tuck them in" by saying good night to each of them in turn. My German Spitz always looks away from me as I say goodnight to him. It looks as though he's "embarrassed" by my praise, like a human saying, "Oh, no, honestly..."
The spaniels, on the other hand, both stare up into my face lovingly and contentedly.
Why does he do this? Is it a dominance thing, and if so, what does it mean? He doesn't do it at any other time, and it's so funny to watch him!!
Thanks very much :)

Keith

Why does my dog look away from me when I look at him? Three year-old Chihuahua.

Heather Hoover

I love it! If only I could get visitors to do this. I try and have them ignore and look away from my exhuberant Boxers when coming to visit our house. Thanks for the great article.

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