What is your dog saying? If you’ve lived with one for any length of time, then you know just how expressive they can be, even without saying a word. Using their faces and bodies, they can convey exactly what they are thinking or feeling. You just need to know how to read it.
Look at the Face
The face is the window to the soul, at least for a dog. Pay attention to her eyes, ears and even mouth to see what she is feeling. If her eyes look normal, she’s probably feeling happy and relaxed. If they appear larger than normal, the dog is feeling frightened or aggressive. Squinting eyes indicate pain or submission.
Look at the Mouth
The mouth can also indicate how your dog is feeling. A big, wide grin is usually indication of happiness or contentment. If the grin is accompanied by submissive behavior, then the dog is feeling extremely submissive. The teeth in the front bared with an aggressive look is a sign that the dog is about to attack.
Look at the Ears and Tail
Finally, your dog’s ears and tail indicate much about his feelings. If his ears erect and forward and the dog’s tail is wagging, he’s happy and interested in what is going on. A tail that is tucked between the legs combined with flat ears indicates fear or submission. An aggressive dog will have ears pushed back against his head and his tail will be high and stiff.
Understanding body language is the key to understanding your dog’s behavior. Take the time to get to know these common body language clues, and you will go far in understanding your dog.
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