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Hey friends I think everyone faces the problem that they can’t be able to understand a dog’s body language. As a result, you are not able to create a bond between you and your pet. So today I will tell you some signs which will help in understanding your dog’s body language.

Sometimes I experience the same problem as once my dog stopped eating. He then only eats curd but I was not able to understand what is the main cause so I went to the vet for consultation. Then I came to know that during season change dogs can experience stress. In this case, pups will stop eating food but play with you normally. So he gave me a syrup for the treatment. Now, my pet is fine.

Check out for the body language of your pet-like his tail, his face, ears, eyes, and stance (whole-body). It will help you to understand your pet. Initially, it may be difficult to understand but believe me, if you concentrate on your dog’s activities you will came to know about the signs your pet gives you.

Dog’s Body Languages-:

Like humans, dogs also get into moods and try to communicate them to you. But it can be difficult to understand what they are saying with their body language. The great thing about all types of dog breeds is that they will never fake emotions. They will try to tell you what’s going on. As a pet owner, it’s important to learn their communication language and watch out for the tell-tale signs that your dog is giving to you.

These communication signs can be broken down based on your dog’s physical body-:

  1. Tail
  2. Eyes
  3. Ears
  4. Face or Tongue
  5. Stance

Tail-:

  • The tail is one of the easiest communication methods to look out for. When a dog’s tail is lowered but still wagging it means that he or she is playful, excited or that they know you are the one in charge.
  • If the tail is lowered and wagging slowly, it could be that they are waiting for you to tell them what to do so that they understand what is currently happening.
  • If the tail is raised but tremors, it could be that your pet is challenging you and your authority. If this happens then the dogs feel like they are in charge of the current situation and have authority over you.
  • The most common and easiest recognizable communication form is when the tail is tucked between the legs, this means that your pup is being afraid, scared, or uncomfortable either in the situation you are currently in. If you are not able to decide what is causing your dog to be uncomfortable and your pup does this frequently, it will be a good idea to take them to the veterinarian.

Eyes-:

The eyes are a bit harder to decide about the emotions as compared to tail, but dogs show tons of emotions through their eyes as it is one of the main ways through which they communicate with you.

  • When a dog’s eyes are open wide and your dog is alert, it means that your pet is trying to get your attention. Sometimes they will do this if they are challenging you and wanting you to respond to them firmly.
  • If your pup squints, blinks, or even winks at you, it means that your pet is playful. Do watch out for frequent or constant blinking or squinting, as it may be indicative of an eye issue that will need to be checked out by a vet.

Ears-:

The ears are a little more difficult and takes more time to understand as all dogs will use their ears differently in terms of actual communication.

  • If the ears are pulled back against the head whether they are lightly flattened or forced heavily downward, it means that your pet is scared.
  • Also look if your pup putting only one ear down often the left one, as this is a reaction to unfamiliar environments and people that cause fear.
  • If both the ears are straight, erect this is the most attentive position of pup. In this case, sometimes your pet wants to play with you and sometimes he has heard something weird like the barking of stray dogs

Face-:

  • One of the most recognizable signs that you will come across is your pet yawning. Now, most people tend to think that their pup is just tired and that is the case most of the time, but if your pet yawns when he or she is in a new environment or around other dogs, it means your dog is nervous. You will see this more in puppies when they are around unfamiliar animals.
  • If your pet yawns immediately after you it’s just a sign of attachment.
  • If your dog licks his face after taking his diet, he is mopping up food leftover. But if your dog licks his face regularly basis it means he is trying to tell you that he is stressed or feeling pressured.
  • If your pet shows his teeth, but doesn’t bark or snarl it is often a sign of territory protection. You will only see this if you try to take food away from a dog while eating, or if another animal gets too close while they are eating.

Stance-:

This is a bit easier than the face or the ears as you are looking at the dog’s entire body.

  • When your pup exposes his belly to you, either just by laying down or rolling over it’s the sign of trust. When you rub or pet the belly, it confirms that you are pleased with the dog.
  • Sometimes you will see dogs put their face on your knee or leg. This is a sign of needing attention and showing you that they need you.
  • Similarly, if your pet puts his or her paw on your knee or leg, this is a domination technique, so make sure to remove the paw firmly.
  • If your pet shakes its entire body, it’s usually for getting rid of some kind of tension. For example, after a bath, they will shake their body to get rid of excess water.
  • If your pet does this a lot without some kind of irritant such as water, take them to a vet as they may be stressed.
  • If a dog turns his or her back on you and sits, they are showing you trust.

It is extremely important to watch out for the above clues as this will help you understand and communicate with your pet better. The only mistake of dogs is that they can’t be with us the whole life. Every pet just requests two things from you that is your love and your support, so whenever you get time give your pup everything they deserve. Give unconditional love to them because they may be a part of your life but you are your pet’s whole life.

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