As we are well aware dogs cannot speak to us and tell how they are feeling. What if you were able to understand what your dog is trying to tell you? In this article by Under The Weather Pet you may just be able to do so.
If only dogs could talk, you say? Well, they don’t speak in words, but they do have a very instinctual language to tell us how they feel. They use doggie body language. And the more we learn to recognize their way of communicating, the more we’ll be able to understand what they are telling us.
Some simple, obvious signs are a wagging tail or a vicious growl. It’s not hard to know they’re happy or upset at those moments. But did you recognize the subtle signs leading up to those behaviors?
Key States Of Mind
There are four key mindsets that affect how a dog behaves. They are aggressive, submissive, timid and excited. Sometimes two states of mind may intersect, such as timid-aggressive behavior. An example of this would be a fearful dog that bites someone who is entering their personal space. The list below will help you interpret your dog’s body language.
Tense Tail – A tense tail is an indication your dog is in a state of unrest. The tail might also be wagging, but if the tail is high and rigid, you’ll want to steer clear. Take action to pinpoint what is upsetting your pooch.
Closed Mouth – Much like the stiff body tail wagging, a closed mouth indicates that something is holding your dog’s attention. If it is another dog, be prepared that it might escalate to aggressive behavior.
Raised Hair on Back – Your dog might love to rough house with other dogs. The vocal ones could also seem to be growling or hurting each other. The best way to tell if it is playful-aggressive or angry-aggressive is to see if the hair on his back, right behind the head, is raised and stiff. If so, it is a sign your dog is angry or in an aggressive state.
Read the other 3 key mindsets on Undertheweatherpet.com and learn how to understand what your dog is trying to you.
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