Dogs cannot communicate to tell us how they are feeling, unfortunately. By reading Pet MD I now know the little signs to look out for to tell if my dog is happy.
“When a dog is content and comfortable, his entire body is relaxed, including his tail,” says Wilhelm. “Each dog has a different relaxed tail carriage, depending on the breed.” In general, a happy dog will raise his tail, she says, but if it’s too high, that could indicate the pup is agitated or over stimulated. A tail pinned under the body is a strong sign of fear, says Barrack.
Content canines have good appetites, says Barrack. While not every dog is ravenous, she says, a sudden drop in appetite could be a sign something is wrong. Conversely, an unexpected increase in appetite can also be a symptom of disease.
A healthy coat is a good indicator your dog is happy, says Mullen. When dogs are stressed, they shed like crazy, she says, and sometimes their skin appears to flake. Of course, skin problems can also be a sign of disease, so check with your vet, too.
A wriggling dog showing you her belly and tongue is likely a very happy dog, says Mullen. However if the belly-baring pup appears stiff and keeps her mouth shut, she could be showing submission instead of satisfaction, she says.
A dog is telling you she’s up for fun when she play bows, says Wilhelm. In a play bow, a dog lowers her chest to the ground but keeps her rear in the air. “It's a sign that a dog is inviting play and wants to interact,” she says.
Read another 15 ways to spot if your four – legged friend is happy over on PetMD.com
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