I hear people all the time say. “I wish my dog could talk.” Well your dog is communicating all the time with you. It is your responsibility to learn their language.
Dogs are communicating their emotional state and their intentions all the time, they just don’t use sound like you and I. Their information is sent via body language. Specifically their facial expressions and body posture.
Understanding your dogs language will help you know when they are spooked or nervous. When they are edgy and about ready to snap. You will need to observer their face as well as their body.
- Relaxed and approachable: This dog is relaxed and unconcerned about it’s surrounds and is usually safe to approach.
2. Alert Checking things out: The dog may have noticed something that now has his attention and he is now trying to determine if it is a threat and needs immediate attention. Notice the different in the two. *Ears slightly forward, *Mouth open, * Tail not resting but horizontal and swaying slightly
3. Dominant Aggressive: He is let you know he is dominant and will act aggressively if challenged. Notice *Ears are forward, *Nose is wrinkled, *Lips curled showing teeth and possibly gums, *Fur is raised on the back
4. Fearful and aggressive: This dog is fearful, but is not submissive and may attack if pressed. Notice complete change of posture. *Head down, *Ears back, *Tail tucked, *Body lowered
5. Stressed and Distressed: This dog is either under social stress or environmental distress. It is not addressed to anyone in particular, but just a general announcement to all around. Notice he *Licks at the face of dominant dog or the air, *Ears Back, *Paw Raised, Tail down but wagging slightly
6. Extreme Fear, Total submission: This dog will show total surrender and subbission to dominant presence. Notice *Rolls on back, *Head turned to avoid eye contact, *Eyes partially closed
7. Playful: This dog is asking you to play. Notice *Bowed posture, *Ears up, *Tail up and waving, *Mouth open