By Charlene Little, Contributing Writer
Through the years of working with dogs and training them. I have realized that many people do not know how to read their dogs. For the most part, people think dogs should react the same as humans do. This is not the case at all. We can learn to read our pets by watching them. You can learn their needs, their wants, and their behaviors to learn their comfort level. When people bring their dog to me for training, they say their dog is behaving this way or that way, and feel that their dog just has behavioral problems. What humans see as behavioral problems, may just be a dog's natural instinct, or body language. Here is how to tell what your dog is thinking.
Body language is how dogs communicate with other dogs, and they can also communicate with you the same way.
Ears lowered and slightly back: Your dog is saying it is calm. Their mouth should be closed, and their eyes are calm as well.
Their ears raised and eyes are open, possible panting and tail wagging: I heard something I like, or I want to play.
Ears forward, alert eyes, pulls ears toward their head: I don't like it, and I don't want any part of it.
Eyes narrow, teeth showing, ears flat, tail held high for balance: I am going to bite it if it/he/she gets any closer. This is not a safe situation. Your dog feels threatened and wants to get away.
Standing tall with tail up: Confident, possibly thinking of playing.
Hunching over, trying to look small, tail between legs, pupils dilated: Your dog is afraid.
Front legs lowered, bottom in the air, tail wagging: Your dog is saying he wants to play.
Stiff legs and rigid body, ears flat back, hair on their back stands up on end: Your dog is showing aggressiveness, or dominance.
About the Author
Charlene Little is the mother of three wonderful boys and a volunteer foster mom for her local animal shelter. She enjoys working with various breeds of dogs and cats in learning social behavior, training, and how to be the successful member of a fur-ever family. She enjoys studying animals' behavior and finding solutions to behavior problems that the everyday person can handle. She covers topics from various forms of aggression and small problem behaviors. Every problem behavior has a solution, and the solution is never to give up on your pet! Love, kindness, and small adjustments could be just what you need.
Content Powered by Write W.A.V.E. Media.
Get content like this for your blog or website.
Not writing for us yet? Submit something today!
Lyn Lomasi & Richard Rowell are life & business partners. Owners of the Write W.A.V.E. Media network, they are your content superheroes to the rescue! Running their network, tackling deadlines single handedly, and coaching fellow writers & entrepreneurs to be thought leaders is the-ir top priority. While rescuing civilians from boring content and marketing, they conquer the world, living the RV life and making Crafts For A Purpose with their awesomely crazy family while recounting The Nova Skye Story, along with Kymani’s Travels. They also strive to one day cuddle with lions and giraffes. Until then, they’ll settle for furry rescue kitties and doggies.
Hire Lyn & Rich!
Stalk Us On Social Media!