As you consider pet friendly travel, you are going to need to learn all you can about communicating with your pet. Pet friendly hotels are not welcoming of aggressive animals, so you will need to know how to spot potential problems and stop them before they escalate. Understanding your pet’s body language can help with this.
First and foremost, make sure you always interpret your pet’s body language in context. Playful behavior and aggressive behavior can be quite similar in the way they look, so you will need to know what is going on before you determine what your pet is saying to you.
However, there are some signs that are easy to spot. In dogs, if the dog’s tail is wagging vigorously, his ears are up and forward, his lips are soft and floppy, and his tongue is out and loose, he is probably happy and playful. If his mouth is closed or tight, his ears are back and his eyes show white “half moons,” he is likely feeling aggressive or scared, and should be left alone.
The body language of cats is not always as obvious. When their eyes are wide and alert and the body is in a semi-crouched position with the mouth slightly open, they are in “predatory” mode and are likely hunting something. However, if the cat puffs up his tail and arches his back with the same wide eyes, then he is in “fight or flight” mode, and could attack.
The longer you live with your pets, the more comfortable you will become with reading their body language. Take the time to get to know them, and you will see that they are definitely talking to you, just without words.