How does the body language of my dog convey his mood?

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Dog Body Language

BODY LANGUAGE AND MOOD

It’s easy to interpret a dog’s behavior the same way you might interpret a friend’s. But it’s important to remember that dogs and humans aren’t the same, and it’s worth getting to know the way dogs communicate.

FRIENDLY

You can tell a dog is in a friendly mood when his ears are relaxed, his tail is flat, with plenty of wagging, and he makes gentle eye contact.

D Friendly

FEARFUL

A fearful dog is usually crouching with his tail between his legs. He will also avoid looking you in the eye. He may roll over on his back or urinate while lying down. Be careful around a fearful dog, as he may bite if he feels threatened.

D Fearful

ASSERTIVE

If a dog’s ears and tail are standing up and he is staring intently, he is showing assertion. He may put his paws on another dog’s back or be pushy with the dog or with the owner.

D Assertive

AGGRESSIVE

If he stares and holds his tail motionless, growls, and holds his ears forward, he may be a threat. Watch out for this behavior in a dog.

D Assertive

PLAYFUL

When a dog pushes his chest to the ground and holds his rear and tail in the air, he is trying to initiate play.

D Playful

This basic list of moods is a starting point for reading your dog. Hopefully some mindful observation of your dog accompanied with these tips will help you get a read on his body language.

 

 

COMMENTS FROM LOVINMYPUP.COM:

Here is a short review of the body language seen in dogs.  While no strange dog should ever be approached without caution,  This article can give you a heads up to the dog’s posture.  A friend once approached a beautiful black lab in a Petco store.   He asked the owner if the dog was friendly, and the owner replied “yes you can pet him”.

The dog stayed  motionless during the interaction between the men,  but his eyes were fixed in a stare.   When he leaned down to pet the dog,  the dog snapped at his face and knocked his glasses off.  Luckily the gentleman was not injured, but the dog was definitely not in the mood to have a social interaction..

The  morale of this story is always be on guard and be aware of the body language of the pup before you attempt to engage the animal socially.  Apparently this pet parent was not paying attention to the cues that his pup was sending out.t

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