Sarah Whitehead's award-winning

He's Only Playing Booklet

Meeting, greeting and play between dogs.

What's OK and what's not...

As a canine behaviourist, "He's only playing" is possibly my least favourite expression in the world!

Of course, many dogs love to play with other dogs, but with an estimated 64,000 dogs being killed or injured by other dogs in the UK in one year*, it's clearly not without risk.

Good canine play is balanced. Both dogs get to have fun and enjoy themselves without feeling threatened or bullied at any point. Play can change quickly from happy and relaxed to frightening or even damaging, so it is essential that we monitor our dogs' play, and intervene where necessary.

It's simply not true that dogs should be allowed to sort it out themselves. Even if neither of the dogs are physically harmed, the emotional effects of a bad experience can last forever and can create serious behavioural problems that could have been avoided.

Good play, on the other hand, can be fun, stimulating and enjoyable for both parties - it can also create and maintain bonds between dogs that remain friends for life.

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Sarah Whitehead is an internationally renowned speaker, best-selling author and global leading authority on canine behaviour and training.


Sarah's most recent booklet is designed to explore and explain the subtle signs that dogs give which tell us whether play is appropriate - or not!

Inside the digital booklet:

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    Real-life photos! The booklet features more than 20 real-life photos - capturing specific, subtle behaviours and annotated with Sarah's notes, so you can see exactly what the dogs are telling us.

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    The 'good, the bad and the 'uh oh!' - Concise descriptions of what's OK and what's not, in approaches, greetings, and meetings between unknown dogs

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    Learn about : Non-consensual body contact, manipulation of space, on-lead versus off-lead and what to be aware of at 'puppy parties' and puppy classes.

*Stats from Direct Line, based on survey of owners and vets who had treated dogs injured by other unknown dogs in the UK in 2017.