Dog body language

Dog body language

The most loyal creatures in the world are dogs. Several stories and events have proven that human beings can undoubtedly trust the loyalty of dogs under any circumstance. Dogs have thus, created benchmarks for all other pets because of their extensive qualities that have helped many anxiety patients and depressed people bringing them toward the light of optimism.

The most famous and ‘likely to be adopted’ dog species are Labrador Retriever, English Cocker Spaniel, English Spring Spaniel, German Shepherd, and Yorkshire Terrier. On our site you cna find amazing muzzles for German Shepherds, muzzles for Pit Bulls and for other breeds as well. 

Dogs are very easy to train. They pick up the Do’s and the Don’ts very easily. But what would you do when your dog raises a paw? Anyone considering to adopt a dog and train it should keep in mind that as much as they expect their dogs to be loyal to them and comfort them whenever they are grieved, it is also significant that you should understand their moods and likings and show them the love they deserve, this is how a dog would develop fondness for you.

For this purpose, it is very important for owners to understand the body language and postures of their dogs, because that is their only source to express their feelings.

Dog body language

Some ways to read a dog’s body language are:       

  • Normal eye shape. When the dog’s eyes are relaxed and he is looking at everything in a nonchalant manner, it means that the dog is happy and contented.
  • Eyes wide open.This often shows that the dog is feeling threatened or scared by something. In some cases, an aggressive or an excited dog also tends to have larger eyes.
  • Squinted Eyes.if a dogs are squinting their eyes it means that they are not well, they are feeling a pain in somewhere and need help. A dog also squints his eyes when the have a submissive smile, they display their front teeth, the canines and incisors. This can be the case when a fellow dog is dominant making your dog feel threatened.
  • Hunched.When a dog makes his body smaller, a position in which it is scrunched into a ball it is a sign of fear.
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  • Standing Tall. This is a sign that a dog is Dominant and fearless in front of a fellow dog or another person.
  • Raising One Paw. This can be very adorable to see; a person might think that a dog is doing that in a response but it is in fact a sign of grief and sadness.
  • Half Moon Eye.This is when a dog wants to be left alone and not bothered.
  • Avoiding someone/something. This is an avoidance behavior. When a dog does not want to do something, they would yawn in a fashionable way, they would hide behind something/someone or turn their heads away.
  • Tail High/Mouth closed: This is when a dog is interested in doing something and does not want to displace it, like eat their favorite treat.
  • Tail Wagging. This is in many cases. When a dog wants to avoid something, feeling aggressive, wants to play (especially they would be glad to play with interesting toys for dogs), or is feeling excited. 
  • Panting with an open mouth. This is how the dog wants to relax itself and make his body temperature cooler. In a few cases it’s also considered as showing aggression or starvation.
  • Warning face. When a dog has an aggressive pucker on their face and a wrinkled forehead and their tongue starts hanging down their opened mouth, it is a sign that a dog is giving a warning or signaling ‘don’t come any closer’.
  • Dog body language chart

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    There are many ways that you can make your training effective and make your dog love you and learning their body language and responding to their feelings and demands is like becoming a pro at it. Thanks to technology and revolution that you can conveniently learn them yourself by reading articles or, if you want to ace at it, you can even take online dog body language courses. And if not any of those, then simply ask a dog lover.

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