Understanding Canine Body Language

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Understanding Canine Body Language

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Wouldn’t it be just fabulous if you and your doggo could have endless 'tete a tete' about why he is so happy to see you at the end of the day, and how he just simply loathes the very sight of your new neighbor! However, since your conversations with your furry little friend are limited to non verbal interaction, it would be helpful to understand their body language and know exactly what they are trying to convey by means of a wagging tail or excessive drooling. Here are a few typical non verbal signals from your canine friend and what they actually imply in the ‘dog world’.

Relaxed

A slightly open mouth, a relaxed or drawn down tail, a loose stance, and head parallel to the floor are a few of the common signals that imply that your dog is feeling safe in his surroundings and is in a reasonably content and relaxed state. A dog will typically adopt this stance when at home around his master, with only familiar faces around him.

Alert

When a dog notices something unusual that instantly catches his attention, he might display a few typical signs of vigilance including wide open eyes, tightly shut mouth, twitching ears, tail held horizontal to the body and leaning forward on his toes. An alert state implies that your dog has found something of interest and is trying to assess the situation and determine whether any action must be taken or not.

Frightened

There are numerous body language signals of a canine that project submission to an impending danger and might imply that your four legged friend is feeling threatened by and fearful of the situation. A sudden freezing of the body implies that your dog has detected some danger in his surroundings and waiting to decide between the fight and flight mechanism. In addition to this, when feeling threatened, your dog might display nervous signs such as sweaty paws, ears pulled back, tail pulled between the hind legs, lowered body, brief and indirect eye contact and so on.

Playful

When trying to invite their masters to come out and engage in playful activities, dogs typically exhibit signs of excitement and elevated adrenalin. A few of the signals which imply that your dog fancies a game of fetch or is in a mood for a run in the park include tail stretched out in a vertical standing position and wagging rigorously, dilated pupils, ears pulled erect, tongue slightly exposed from an open mouth, front body lowered by means of bent forepaws and so on.Understanding your canine’s body language will go a long way in not only developing a stronger connection with him, but also in ensuring that you can take suitable corrective actions and help him relax, if he feels excessively stressed or fearful of a particular situation.

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