27 Jan

Can you understand everything your dog is trying to covey? Well, you definitely can’t understand your dog’s barking. But, there is a way by which you can understand your dog better. It is your dog’s body language. You can tell a lot about dogs by observing their body language. This way you can access their attitude and may even predict their next move.

Dogs are loving, friendly, adorable, and loyal. They can provide emotional support to a person suffering from emotional and mental illness. That’s why people choose more than any other animal as an emotional support animal Phoenix. Understanding your dogs more can help in strengthening your bond with them. Once you have acquired the knowledge about the body language of dogs, start observing dogs while they are interacting with people and other animals in different situations. 

Learning how to understand dogs’ body language can help you communicate with them better. This way you can also protect your dog and yourself in many dangerous situations. So, read along to educate yourself more about the body language of dogs.

1. Confident

It is not very hard to tell whether a dog is confident or not. A confident dog would be standing straight and tall while keeping his head up high, and ears point towards the sky, with bright eyes. You may also notice the movement of his tail, it may sway gently with loose curl, or might hang in a relaxed way. These signs show that the dog is friendly and non-threatening, and is comfortable with the surroundings.

2. Happy

A happy dog will show signs very similar to a confident dog, just with two major additions. The tail may wag more and the dog may also pant a little. There are no signs of anxiety, and the dog looks more friendly and content than a confident dog. So, go on and pat your pup and share some love.

3. Playful

Many pet owners fail to see these signs when their pups want to play with them. If your dog is wagging his tail rapidly and looks happy and joyful with bright eyes and ears pointing upward; that means he is being playful. Have you ever noticed your dog jumping and running around with glee? This is another sign that he is in a playful mood. And if your dog stretches his legs forward keeping his head straight ahead, all this while wiggling his tail, then it’s a clear sign that he wants to play with you.

4. Excited

I have a 5 years old beagle and whenever I reach back home from work, he jumps on me, runs around, and sometimes even whines. All these signs mean that the dog is excited. When excited, dogs will have a body language similar to both a happy and a playful dog. If your dog is excited, his tongue may hang out, and with eyes wide open (filled with excitement and joy). 

He may also jump on people, and starts barking loudly. This happens when a dog becomes hyperactive.

However, this excitement is not always good. Extreme levels of excitement can make your dog feel exhausted or overstimulated. This can further lead to problems like stress and anxiety in your dog. So, it’s better to calm down your dog. You can calm him down by giving him a command, a toy, or exercise. Avoid forcing him or pulling his leash, that can make him overstimulate.

5. Anxious

No one wants to see their dog in any kind of distress. So, you must pay attention to these signs that can tell you if your dog is being anxious.

  • Lowered head of your dog
  • Holding ears particularly back
  • Stretching the neck out
  • Furrowed brow
  • Tense posture with a tucked tail
  • Licking of the hips 
  • Yawing
  • Showing the white of the eyes (also known as whale eyes)

If a dog is anxious, he can become fearful or sometimes aggressive. Try to divert his attention to a pleasant thing. But, make sure you do not provoke him.

6. Fearful

The signs of a fearful dog are similar to that of an anxious dog, with more extreme indications. These are: 

  • The dog is standing tensed and low on the ground
  • Ears flat back
  • Narrowed and averted eyes
  • Tail tucked between the legs
  • Trembling body
  • The dog may urinate or defecate

These are the signs of a fearful dog. This can lead your dog to whine or growl. He might even bare teeth in self-defense. It’s possible that the dog becomes aggressive very quickly if he feels threatened. During such moments, you have to be calm and confident, but don’t try to comfort or punish your pooch. You should try to bring your dog to a more familiar location which is less threatening to him.

Final thoughts

Learning how to read your dog’s body language can help you understand him better. This way you can make your bond even stronger with your dog. This is also very helpful in dog training, as you will be familiar with common behavior problems. So, observe your dog and communicate better with him.

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