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Understanding Dog Body Language
« on: June 27, 2016, 05:40:27 PM »
A dog can tell a lot about another dog just by looking at him and noting what the different parts of his body are doing. Understanding dog body language will help you understand better what you dog is trying to tell you .   Your Dog's Eyes
Direct eye contact means a dog is feeling bold and confident
Casual eye contact means he's contented
An averted gaze means deference
Dilated pupils indicate fear
Your Dog's Ears
Relaxed ears mean that a dog is calm and attentive
Ears that are up and forward mean a dog is challenging or being assertive
Erect ears show that a dog is alert and attentive
Ears that are laid back indicate that a dog is worried or scared
  Body Movements
Pawing is an appeasing gesture
Licking another dog's face is an invitation to play or a sign of deference
Play-bowing (front legs extended, rump up, tail wagging) is an invitation to play and a asign of happiness
Draping the head over another dog's shoulder is a sign of boldness
Freezing in place means a dog is frightened
Rubbing or leaning against another dog is a companionable gesture
  Mouth and Lips
Panting means that a dog is feeling playful or excited, or maybe he's just hot
A dog with a mouth and lips closed is uncertain or appeasing
Licking the lips is a sign a dog is worried or is being appeasing
A relaxed mouth means a dog is calm
Lips pulled back are a challenging or warning sign
  Hackles (the hair on the shoulders and hips)
Raised hackles indicate arousal, either because a dog is frightened or is challenging another dog
Smooth hackles show a dog is calm
  Tail
A relaxed tail means a dog is calm and at ease
Tail down indicates worry or uncertainty
Tail held up and wagging fast indicates excitement
An erect tail is a sign of alertness
A tail between the legs is a sign of fear


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