They say that dogs are man’s best friend, but there is a big difference between your pooch and the human friends you see on a regular basis. That’s because, although dogs can communicate, there is a major language barrier between the two of you. Although we bet there are some people in this world that do bark and growl, there’s a high chance that you’re not one of them! Because of this, it’s often difficult to know what your dog is thinking and how they are feeling. But did you know that your dog’s body language can actually tell you a lot about them in that moment?
A relaxed dog
If you have a dog, you’ll know that you want them to be happy and relaxed at all times. If they are content in that moment, you’ll be able to see this without really trying. That’s because happy and content dogs normally have their mouths open with their tongue slightly hanging out, their ears are perked up as straight as can be, their tail is down, their head is high, and their stance is pretty flat. This means that they are all good in the hood and that they are open to being approached by humans and other dogs.
Dominant, confident, and aggressive
Although dogs can be aggressive, this aggression comes in two different forms. If your dog sees itself as an alpha, he will take on the stance of a dominant pooch. You can normally see if this is the case when your dog wrinkles its nose and stiffens its legs, while also leaning slightly. As if that wasn’t enough, this dominant aggression can also be seen by a raised, stiff tail and the showing off teeth. Knowing when your dog adopts this body language can help you understand it better.
Fearful and aggressive
While many dogs take on a dominant role when they are put in a difficult situation, others become fearful and aggressive at the same time. The stance for this is a little different, and it will be clear to see that your dog is scared of the situation in front of them. When this is the case, they will normally lower their body to the ground and pull their ears back, while also tucking their tail in the process. You may also find that their pupils dilate as they pay attention to the threat in front of them.
A worried dog
While some dogs are naturally dominant, others are naturally submissive and fearful. They will not take to new situations well, and you will be able to see that they are noticeably worried when put in challenging conditions. One of the best ways to see this for yourself is to take note of the fact that their tail is lowered slightly, they raise their paws, they push down their body, and they only make brief and indirect eye contact. Alongside this, they may also lick the face of the dominant dog to show them that they are willing to be submissive.
Do you know how to read your dog’s body language?