Comin’ Atcha on Freaky Friday

Today is the day we take a moment to see things from the dog’s perspective. How is this dog feeling? How can you tell? If you’re not sure, start by listing some of the things you see in her individual body features. Which direction is she moving in relation to the person? What’s her overall body shape? Let’s discuss in the Comments section. Happy Friday!


Gettin’ Schooled on Freaky Friday

Time for a Freaky Friday multiple choice quiz! Freaky Friday is the day we see the world from the dog’s perspective (just like Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan did when they switched bodies in the movie).

I thought I’d try out a twist to the format (thanks to your feedback). Below the photo I will point out some body language the dog is displaying that gives clues into how he or she is feeling. Since this Friday’s photo is from a classroom, I thought I’d offer a multiple choice quiz, too (see below). Please let me know what you think, about the clues, the quiz and about the dog’s perspective.

This dog may love children. His person is generously sharing him with the kids. All good, in theory. But what is the dog’s perspective, at least in this moment (copied with permission with the N&O)? What do you notice about his ears, eyes, mouth, body position/direction/movement?


Ears: stiff and rotated half-back
Eyes: wide, pupils very dilated (a bit hard to see in the copy of the print)
Mouth: shallow panting, corners of mouth drawn far back
Body: head turned away from kids, moving away (biggest and clearest clue)

Quiz time! Choose one based on what the dog is trying to tell us with his body language:

a) This dog would probably like it if the humans kept doing what they are doing.

b) This dog is feeling very relaxed.

c) This dog is trying to create space for himself because he is not feeling comfortable.

Extra credit: If you were the dog’s handler, how would you rearrange the space and positioning of yourself, your dog, and the kids? What instructions would you have given the kids in advance? What would you do/say to the kids right this minute if you noticed all these signs of stress in your dog?

Study aids:

Madeline Gabriel’s new blog post on what to do when other kids are around your dog: Dogs and Babies Learning
Wendy Wahmann’s (funny and wise) book on the right way for kids to make friends with dogs: Don’t Lick the Dog (book trailer)
K9Kindness for new doggie educational programs in the classroom: K9Kindness

I look forward to your questions and comments. No grades, but you get points for trying to imagine how this dog feels!

A Hands-On Freaky Friday

It’s time for a very hands-on Freaky Friday. Freaky Friday is the day we take just a moment to see things from the dog’s perspective. How is this dog feeling? How can you tell? Is there something the person could have done differently to take the dog’s feelings into account? Why might the dog have turned back toward the person in the last shot? Let’s discuss!


Freaky Friday Conga Style

Each Friday we take a moment to see things from the dog’s perspective (like in the Jamie Lee Curtis movie of the same name).

Today features a video of dogs performing an elaborate, difficult and entertaining series of stunts in front of a huge, live audience.

Are the dogs enjoying themselves? How do the dogs feel about their person? About each other? Do they feel safe? Do they all act the same or do they react to the environment differently? Do you think this kind of performance celebrates the dogs, makes fun of them, or something else altogether?

I am not fishing for “right” answers. The whole point of our Freaky Friday exercise is to take a moment to try and experience the world from the dog’s point of view. Let me know what you think.

May the families affected by today’s events in Connecticut find peace. May we all cultivate empathy in our lives. 

Lean Machine


What is going through this dog’s mind? How is he showing how he feels?

Today is Freaky Friday at Very Fetching. That means we try to see things from our dog’s perspective, like Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan did in the movie. (If you’re my age, you may remember the book by Mary Rodgers. Highly recommend.)