How to read the body language of your dog
Communication between you and your dog is a two-way thing.
Have you ever wondered what your dog does when he interacts with another dog?
Do you sometimes have the feeling that you observe something in a foreign language while your dog is communicating with another dog?
Sometimes it can be really frustrating not knowing whether to intervene and stop your dog or let the activity continue. You’d be surprised how many people misjudge their dog’s behaviour, and yet it’s actually quite easy – if you know how!
Knowing if your dog likes to play or if he feels harassed can make all the difference in how he behaves with other dogs – there are so many telltale signs.
All you need to know is what they are, and then it’s like watching a movie in English instead of a foreign language.
Of course, dogs can read each other without effort, this is natural for them, but not for us humans. We have to learn the different body language signals they use. Here are some of the key gestures you can look for to understand what your dog is thinking. At the end of this article, you’ll find a link to a great video of Doggy Dan, where you can see for yourself all the behaviours mentioned below.
The Head Over: placing the head over the back of another dog’s neck.
This is one of the most common methods a dog uses to try to maintain dominance over another dog. It is neither good nor bad. However, some dogs will challenge it if they are not happy to be dominated. A dog that is not happy with it will clearly tell the other dog!
“Back to the game”: a dog that returns to play more with another dog.
This is a sign that indicates that a dog likes to play. Often this simple behaviour of dog owners is overlooked. Usually, it looks as if a dog does not enjoy being dominated and pushed around, but in reality, he is very happy and runs back to get more! If they were really unhappy, they would most likely stay away.
Raise one paw in the air: The dog stands still on three legs.
This is a somewhat submissive gesture, which says that I am submissive and not threatening. The other dog can react in different ways, but in general, it is a good sign.
Hackles Up: the hair on the back of the dog goes up.
Very often, people think that this automatically means that the dog is aggressive or will become aggressive, but it can also just be excitement. It does mean that the dog is very alert, but this can be because they just like to play with other dogs. Keep an eye on your dog and do not panic.
360-degree turns: the dog makes a complete turn.
The dog that turns will almost certainly be very happy and will try to encourage some play activities. When a dog turns his back on another dog, it shows that he is relaxed and not afraid.
There are so many little things to pay attention to – some more obvious than others.
One of the best places to learn how to read dogs is Doggy Dan’s website, The Online Dog Trainer. Dan even offers a 3-day trial version of the website for $1 that YOU can use, so I suggest you take a look at the website today!
This video website is an excellent resource to learn not only how to interpret your dogs’ behaviour, but also how to stop unwanted behaviour and train dogs and puppies. Here is just one fantastic example of his work, demonstrating the above-mentioned dog behaviour and many others:
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