Can you read a dog’s body language?

Dogs have a way of communicating. They follow a language that permits them to communicate their intentions and emotional state. Dogs use signals and sound, through which they send information using the body language; in fact their body postures and facial expressions can be understood.

Understanding that your dog is trying to say offers lot of information such as when the dog was nervous and spooked, why your dog seems edgy or is ready to snap.  To begin with:

Tail

Your dogs wagging tail is seen as a sign of happiness. It is a willingness to interact. However, the engagement is not always friendly; it is a canine friendly wave and signals an aroused dog ready to react.

A happy tail wag is held at a height comfortably with his back. This may be higher as he is keen in something, that you may be having in your hand, a toy or a treat.

Pay attention carefully. If your dog’s tail is erect and high, it means he is focused intensely and all geared to react. He prepares to respond aggressively towards a person or even to chase a squirrel.

If his tail is lying low, it is in a relaxed state or he feels fearful and uncertain. In fact, even low-hanging or fast-wagging tail is a submissive behaviour sign. A tucked tightly tail under the belly or closed to the body is a fearful animal sign.

Expressive ears

Relaxed dogs ears are to the side and forward. Dog’s ears twitch as he listens to sounds if he is listening to interesting sounds that ears are erect and forward facing. He lowers his ears and moves as per interactions like accepting treat and is a friendly gesture.

Dog’s ears are tight and taut and he gets ready to catch a cat or anything for that matter or he prepared to meet another dog.

Moving ears flat against his head or back is when is afraid, anxious or submissive. Dog’s ears go back more is a sign of hid fear. Ears held pressed back tightly is a sign of defensive position.

Face Value

Relaxed dogs eyes are squinty or relaxed, with mouth closed loosely or open slightly. If he is anxious, the eyes whites can be seen and he blinks or stares around.

If dog becomes nervous, his mount his tightened and purses forward with a snarl. He will show teeth, but this is for both, greeting and a submissive grin. It is important to be familiar with specific situations of your dog reactions.

Get tuned to the body language of your dog and you will be fascinated to know he communicates and this helps in strengthening your relationship.