A ‘lookaway’, predictably enough, is characterised by the dog looking away from what is intimidating it. A lookaway is an appeasement signal in situations of potential conflict. The dog indicates in an exaggerated manner that it is not staring aggressively.

In this series of pictures, note how the dogs barely ever look at each other. There was a bone involved, and both dogs in the pictures are very diplomatic and are going through great lengths to show their pacific intention in that tense moment. Ever despaired at your dog never looking at the camera? The lookaway is to blame. Just gradually get the dog used to the camera and you should have no more problems.

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Last updated April 2010